HE’S one of the best-loved foodie stars on the box but Gregg Wallace has been forced to step back from one of his favourite roles because he has too much on his plate.
Gregg Wallace quits BBC One show Eat Well For Less after eight years as host alongside Chris BavinCredit: BBC Press Handout
The TV host has too much on his plate to continue the show, he has just finished filming Masterchef with John Torode Credit: BBC
Gregg has presented the show since 2013 with Chris Bavin, but after his popularity went through the roof he had to stand down.
He revealed: “I’ve loved working on the series with Chris but now it’s time to hand over the knife and fork to someone else to continue helping people eat well.”
It’s not hard to see why Gregg thought he needed to cut his workload. He’s just finished filming the next instalment of MasterChef with John Torode, which will air this spring, and also fronts the celebrity and professional version of the format.
Gregg is also fronting his new series South Africa with Gregg Wallace on ITV Credit: ITV
An insider said: ‘Gregg is hugely popular and is in demand from all the big broadcasters’
An insider said: “Gregg is hugely popular and is in demand from all the big broadcasters. Stepping back from Eat Well For Less wasn’t an easy decision but breaking free means he can focus on new projects after his current shows come off air.
“He finished filming MasterChef just before Christmas and now casting has started on the next series of Celebrity MasterChef. Gregg will start work on that in the next month or so.”
The insider added: “The MasterChef format alone keeps him so busy but Gregg wants to make sure he keeps his schedule as free as possible so he can take on new ventures without having to worry about having too much in his diary. It’s going to be a very exciting year for Gregg and he is looking forward to trying new things.”
Fans of the telly star will be able to see even more of him from today as he starts hosting a new fitness segment on The Jeremy Vine Show.
Gregg, who has lost four stone through diet and exercise, will be showing viewers how they can stay active while stuck at home.
If he’s not careful, Gregg will end up even busier than before.
Sky’s eight-part prison break drama, which imagines life “off-earth”, is bound for Sky One and NOW TV later this year.
Eleanor Tomlinson is unrecognisable as Candy in new series IntergalacticCredit: MOONAGE
Co-star Craig Parkinson plays Dr Lee in the out of world showCredit: MOONAGE PICTURES / photographer DES WILLIE
Intergalactic tells the story of fearless young cop and space pilot Ash Harper (played by Savannah Steyn), who is wrongly convicted of a treacherous crime and exiled to a distant prison colony.
The show, penned by award-winning writer Julie Gearey, boasts a star-studded cast including This Is England’s Thomas Turgoose, Sex Education’s Sharon Duncan-Brewster and Peaky Blinders’ Natasha O’Keeffe.
Looks like it should be out of this world . . .
‘MONEY FOR THAT’
RICKY Gervais says he’s considering a podcast on how he writes his sitcoms including The Office, Extras and After Life.
He said: “If I crunched down all the little insights in comedy, that might be a nice podcast.
“I could do it anecdotally and give insights.”
He joked: “I want money for that.”
The telly host, whose new BBC2 series Incredible Journeys began last night, says he’d sign up in an instant if the ITV show came knocking.
Simon said: “Bring it on! I’ve never been asked, but I would be up for it. I like being pushed out of my comfort zone, that’s the main thing.”
He would certainly have an advantage, particularly in the eating trials, given he’s dined on some strange things during his travels.
Simon said: “I’ve eaten zebu penis soup in Madagascar, which was very odd, and a plate of steaming buffalo poo, in the mountains between Laos and Vietnam.
“A guy we were with ordered it when we were in this dirty little cafe by the side of the road. It was a bit like spinach, frankly.” I bet his breath absolutely hummed.
BREAKING Bad fans listen up: Bryan Cranston has hinted chemistry teacher turned meth maker Walter White may make one final return to TV.
The award-winning actor has stayed close to Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, who is finishing the final series of spin-off Better Call Saul.
Bryan Cranston could make a final return to TV as Walter White Credit: AP:Associated Press
Bryan said: “If Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan decided it would really be good if we had Walter White make an appearance in the last season of Better Call Saul, I would do it.
“They wouldn’t even have to tell me what I was doing. I would just do it, because I trust those guys so much.”
Vince has admitted he too would like Walter to take a bow in Better Call Saul, which is set to hit screens in 2022.
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