Paddy McGuinness' savage reason for sacking top comedian from tour after 6 shows

Paddy McGuinness toured with Jason Manford back in 2006
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Paddy McGuinness is set to fill in for Michael Ball on BBC Radio 2 today as he takes over the mid-morning show slot. Paddy's new gig kicks off at 11am, following Michael's move to present Love Songs With Michael Ball at 9am.

This change comes after the sad passing of the legendary DJ Steve Wright, who died at the age of 69 in February. However, it was once disclosed by a well-known comedian that they were sacked from warming up for Paddy because they were too hilarious for the gig.

Jason Manford, 43, shared with Mail Online his experience of being axed from Paddy's first tour back in 2006, although he maintains there's no ill feeling between them, reports OK!. He was initially over the moon to join the former Top Gear host's tour, where he'd pocket £70 per performance.

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"I was told, 'You'll be done by 8.15pm and it's £100 a show', so I was like 'yes I will.' I snapped their hand off," Jason recounted. He continued: "I signed up for the whole tour which was around 80 dates, I was thinking I could put down a deposit on a little flat in Manchester or something."

But after only six or seven shows, Jason got a call from the tour manager. "They've decided to go in a different direction for support. I think you're a bit too funny'," he was informed. Despite this setback, Jason, whose comedic style bears resemblance to Peter Kay's family-friendly humour, felt that the audience appreciated his jokes.

He revealed: "Paddy was new to stand up and because I was a bit similar to Peter Kay, who was my hero, I suppose the audience that were coming off the back of Phoenix Nights were kind of my people who laugh at the same things as me. So ended up getting sacked as Paddy's tour support, even though one night I did longer than him on stage! ".

Last month, Paddy, known for his roles on Take Me Out, A Question Of Sport, Phoenix Nights, and Top Gear, opened up about his single life adventures, including dating experiences and living with his ex-wife Christine McGuinness, 36. Speaking exclusively to The Mirror, Paddy expressed his feelings about Christine moving on, saying: "If Christine met someone else, I'd be supportive."

Despite their split, Paddy pointed out that it wouldn't be obvious to an outsider. He said: "If someone didn't know our situation and came to our house and they spent the day with us, they would not have a clue (we were not together)."