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BBC axes Never Mind the Buzzcocks after almost 20 years

Music quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks has been axed by the BBC after almost two decades.

The irreverent show has been hosted by Rhod Gilbert, Simon Amstell and Mark Lamarr and regularly featured Phill Jupitus, Sean Hughes and Noel Fielding as team captains.

Highlights from the BBC Two music quiz include the 2007 episode where Ordinary Boys singer Preston walked off after Simon read extracts from the autobiography of his then-wife, Chantelle Houghton. He was replaced by a member of the audience.


Another upset guest was Fun Lovin’ Criminals frontman Huey Morgan, who smashed his tea mug and walked off when hosts, Rizzle Kicks, poked fun at him.

A BBC spokeswoman said: “After 28 series we’ve decided not to bring Never Mind the Buzzcocks back to the BBC. This will create space for new entertainment formats in the future. We’d like to thank the team at Talkback, Rhod Gilbert, all the brilliant hosts over the years and of course Noel and Phill for the years of enjoyment they’ve given BBC Two viewers.”