Rhod Gilbert has been named as the new presenter of BBC2's long-running comedy music quiz Never Mind the Buzzcocks – the show's first permanent host since Simon Amstell left in 2009.
Gilbert appeared as a guest presenter alongside regular team captains Noel Fielding and Phill Jupitus in 2009 and 2011, but is now gearing up to join the show full time in its 28th series.
“After my first Buzzcocks in 2009, I was told I was in with a shout to take over as regular host,” Gilbert said, “and now, just five years later, I got the call. It has all happened so fast...
“Never Mind the Buzzcocks is one of those rare shows that feels like it belongs on our screens – it's an institution, in a good way. It's a great honour to be asked to take the reins full time and to hang out with Noel and Phill, and I'm equally excited and nervous about adding my name to those who have hosted it in the past."
Other guest hosts have included Jack Whitehall, David Tennant and Catherine Tate.
Filming of the new series begins later this year for transmission in the autumn, and Gilbert isn’t the only one who’s excited to get the ball rolling. Leon Wilson, MD of production company Talkback, said, “It’s a great thrill to welcome Rhod to Britain’s funniest music quiz. As host, he’ll be steering the good ship Buzzcocks through the choppy waters of our guest panellists, hilariously aided and abetted by our brilliant regular team captains and music aficionados Noel and Phill.”