Nish Kumar quits as host of Late Night Mash weeks after its reboot

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Photo credit: Rob Parfitt - UKTV
Photo credit: Rob Parfitt - UKTV

Late Night Mash has lost its main host just weeks after it started its journey on Dave, with Nish Kumar confirming he's stepping down as the satirical show's anchor.

The comedian, who also fronted the series on the BBC, announced he was leaving Late Night Mash on Twitter. The Mash Report's first rebooted episode aired on Dave last month.

In a clip shared by Late Night Mash earlier today (October 28), Nish thanked his co-stars, the show's writers and crew, and fans for their support.

"Hi, Nish Kumar here. I hope you've enjoyed this latest series of Late Night Mash. Sadly, it's going to be my last as host," he said.

Photo credit: Rob Parfitt - UKTV
Photo credit: Rob Parfitt - UKTV

"I've loved being part of this show, but I've made the difficult decision to step down and spend more time with my emotional problems. Thank you to everyone at Dave, everyone who has worked on the show, and especially everyone who watched it.

"It's been the longest I've ever stayed in a job, mainly because the uniform is nicer than that of Croydon WHSmiths."

In a separate post, Nish shared a handwritten note that he'd composed on the back of his final script. "It is true – I'm leaving Late Night Mash," the message began. "After five years across the Beeb and Dave, it felt like the time was right to move on.

"I'm writing this on the back of my final script. It's covered in blood due to me slamming my hand into the staple by accident. It is a testament to how much of myself I put into the show, and also my ceaseless clumsiness.

"I want to thank the BBC for commissioning the show, and Dave for saving it. And thanks to everyone who worked on the show – it truly was a labour of love. For us all."

Paying tribute to the "talent and hard work of everyone involved in making the show", Nish thanked his co-workers for keeping the series going against all odds.

"When we started in 2017 we were told a show like this wouldn't work on British TV," he added. "Mash forever!"

Late Night Mash is set to continue with Rachel Parris, Ellie Taylor and its roster of "correspondents". As for Nish, fans can expect to see the comedian on tour in 2022 – and on the new Never Mind the Buzzcocks remake.

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