Matthew Wright, the presenter of Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, has sensationally quit the show he’s fronted for 18 years.
The telly star, 52, teased the news on Twitter before the show, saying to his 46,000 followers: ‘Big, big announcement coming later btw….’
Big, big announcement coming later btw….
— Matthew Wright (@Matthew_Wright) May 1, 2018
Wright released a statement, declaring the news:
‘After almost 18 glorious years on Channel 5 and the show flying high in the ratings, I feel it’s time to move and try my hand at something new.’ it said.
The channel then reiterated that the presenter was stepping down from the show he’s been the name of for almost 20 years, having begun back in 2000.
Director of Programmes for Channel 5, Ben Frow, issued a big thank you to him: ‘We would like to thank Matthew for his passion, hard work and enthusiasm over the last 18 years and for making the show what it is today. He will be sorely missed and we wish him all the very best for the future.’
Only recently did Wright celebrate the programme’s birthday and informed viewers on the show itself that and spoke about the studio shake-up: ‘The show is 18 years old this year and due to our former building being sold to convert into luxury flats we’re now at ITN and the show has been overhauled,’ he revealed.
‘We’ve got a new set, new guests and we can now do live links to the US to interview people like Meghan Markle’s sister.’
The show had dealt with a variety of issues over the years, such as mental health, which saw Iain Lee and the pressing host fall out live on air during a discussion of the I’m A Celeb contestant’s personal life.
Elsewhere, and somewhat more lightheartedly, the show’s been pranked a few times, with the same person calling up twice in one show to berate an unknown woman named Sharon.
Catch The Wright Stuff each morning, at 9.15am, on Channel 5.