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Keith Lemon’s Celebrity Juice axed from ITV after 14 years
Keith Lemon and ITV have announced that comedy panel show Celebrity Juice will end this year.
The series has been on air for more than 14 years and has had more than 300 episodes.
Celebrity Juice was first launched in 2008, with Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby as the original team captains.
Leeds-born Leigh Francis, better known as Keith Lemon, who created and presented the show, announced the news of its demise earlier today, The Hoot reports.
Describing the show as ‘the longest, most fun party’, he confirmed that the chaotic comedy panel show would wrap up with a pair of farewell specials.
Everyone from Ed Sheeran to Pamela Anderson has appeared on the comedy series, as well as regular appearances from the likes of Gino D’Acampo, Mel B, Paddy McGuinness and Kelly Brook.
Now in its 26th series, the team captains these days are Laura Whitmore and Emily Atack.
Leigh wrote: “After 14 years, 26 series, 300 eps @CelebJuice is concluding later this year with two farewell specials. Thank you so so much to everyone who watched, to the team captains, guests, crew and itv2. It was the longest most fun party! I had a wonderful time. Big love x”
Paul Mortimer Director of Reality, Acquisitions and Controller, ITV2, ITVBe and CITV said: “Celebrity Juice and Keith have become firm favourites in the ITV2 schedule over the years, with Keith’s no holds barred humour and outrageous antics redefining the comedy panel show experience.
“It’s safe to say Celebrity Juice certainly won’t be forgotten in a hurry, and we’d like to thank all of the team at Talkback, and of course Keith and all of our team captains over the years for making Juice the infectious TV hit it’s become.”
Jonno Richards, Managing Director of Talkback, adds: “Celebrity Juice has been the best show on ‘telly! We cannot be prouder to have made Juice with Keith for the past 14 years.
“We’ll forever miss the madness and mayhem but look forward to giving Juice the send-off it deserves, as well as seeing Shopping back on ITV2 later this year.”
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