Bill Bailey wasn’t invited back to Never Mind the Buzzcocks: “I don’t mind”

The Strictly Come Dancing Winner revealed a possible reason he isn't coming back to the rebooted panel show.

The Masked Dancer Bill Bailey

A brand new series of Never Mind the Buzzcocks will arrive on our screens soon, though this time it will be via Sky rather than the BBC, who axed the comedy panel show back in 2015.

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The revamped version will return with Taskmaster‘s Greg Davies at the helm, Noel Fielding and This Country star Daisy May Cooper as Team Captains, and comedian and Hate Thy Neighbour host Jamali Maddix joining as a regular guest.

One name that is missing from the line-up is Bill Bailey’s, who had been a familiar face on the panel show before its cancellation. And now, the Strictly Come Dancing winner has now addressed his absence.

In an interview published in this week’s Radio Times magazine, Bailey, who became a regular panel series from its eleventh series onward, was asked if he had been asked to return.

“No, I wasn’t,” he said. “Or maybe I was and I missed the email! Perhaps I was learning the Charleston that week. I guess they want a new intake. I don’t mind. I did more than a hundred shows, so I think I got my fix of Buzzcocks.”

Despite Never Mind the Buzzcocks being off the cards, the comedian has been busy since taking home the Glitterball trophy alongside Strictly pro Oti Mabuse, with his latest live show, Summer Larks, airing on BBC One this week.

Speaking of returning to live performing, Bailey said it was “wonderful” and “brilliant” after the way “the industry has been devastated by the pandemic.”

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