Mo Gilligan says 'humour has changed' since 'The Big Breakfast' was last on TV

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AJ Odudu and Mo Gilligan are fronting the revived iteration of The Big Breakfast. (Channel 4)
AJ Odudu and Mo Gilligan are fronting the revived iteration of The Big Breakfast. (Channel 4)

The Big Breakfast presenter Mo Gilligan believes that "humour has definitely changed" since the show was last on screens.

The show was a major part of 90s TV and helped to catapult host Chris Evans to the peak of his fame, as well as launching the careers of stars including Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen.

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Gilligan and co-host AJ Odudu are reviving the show this summer after previously fronting a one-off episode for Channel 4's Black to Front campaign last year.

"A lot of people when they put breakfast TV on now will say the same thing – that it’s boring and depressing, and yet to start your day you need to know what’s going on in the world," Gilligan told The Guardian.

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Gilligan added that the presence of diverse faces on both sides of the camera means that the changing face of comedy can be reflected in the new show.

"Humour has definitely changed. It used to be a lot more slapstick, and a lot more misogynistic as well," said the 34-year-old comedian.

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He said: "That’s why it’s important the show is inclusive. We have a lot more people in the room that can say ‘errr, can we cut that?'."

Odudu echoed Gilligan's view, saying: “When there’s a diverse range of people working on the show, you get a diverse range of humour. And as a result, things will be less offensive.

The Big Breakfast has diverse voices on both sides of the camera for its revival. (Channel 4)
The Big Breakfast has diverse voices on both sides of the camera for its revival. (Channel 4)

"Gone are the days when women on TV were just glamorous assistants. We’ve got things to say, opinions to have and we should be included in all the jokes."

The irreverent morning programme debuted in 1992 with Chris Evans and Gabby Roslin as hosts and subsequently counted the likes of Zoe Ball, Denise van Outen, Johnny Vaughan and Richard Bacon among its presenters.

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It was cancelled in 2002 after two decades on the air, but is now coming back in its new guise with Gilligan and Odudu.

The Big Breakfast will debut on 13 August on Channel 4 at 10am.

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