Simon Amstell quits 'Buzzcocks'

Simon Amstell quits 'Buzzcocks'
Simon Amstell quits 'Buzzcocks' (Image credit: Talkback Thames)

Comedian Simon Amstell is stepping down as the host of celebrity music quiz Never Mind The Buzzcocks, according to the papers. The Sun reports that the 29-year-old will quit the show to work on other projects, including another programme for the BBC. "Simon is a funny guy who can think on his feet but he has decided it is time to move on," an insider told the paper. "He is working on a new project that has been commissioned by the BBC and he wants to concentrate on that." "He has completely revitalised the show and we will be sad to see him go," added a BBC source. Simon, formerly host of Channel 4's Popworld, replaced Mark Lamarr as presenter of the show in 2006. He was responsible for some classic moments, including the edition in which Ordinary Boys singer Preston stormed off set after Simon poked fun at his then wife Chantelle Houghton. Preston took offence after Simon read an extract from Chantelle's book in which she said that wearing clothes from Marks and Spencer made her feel "upmarket". The singer said afterwards, "If I'd had to look at his snotty little public schoolboy failed career face, I'd have hit him." Simon will be replaced on the show when it returns in the autumn by a rolling rota of guest presenters rather than a new permanent host.

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Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.