Jamie Oliver cancels Friday Night Feast for THIRD year after struggling to get A-List stars on board

Jamie Oliver cancels Friday Night Feast for THIRD year after struggling to get A-List stars on board

JAMIE & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast is facing a fresh round of delays after becoming a victim of its own success.

Uncertainty over international travel because of Covid has made it tough to bring in the Channel 4 foodie hit’s customary big-name guests.

Since the show debuted in 2014, Jamie Oliver and mate Jimmy Doherty have made a new season every year.

Their cafe on Southend Pier has hosted stars including Goldie Hawn, Susan Sarandon and Patrick Stewart.

A telly insider said: “While many shows have been able to get up and running with lockdown lifting, that’s proved a little trickier for Friday Night Feast.

“They’ve got a reputation for mixing British stars with international entertainers and that’s something they want to continue. But that’s not easy with restrictions in various countries throwing a spanner in the works.

“Plus, this year the cafe where they make the show is temporarily open to the public.

“So they’re looking at 2022 before they can get all their ducks in a row. It’s an unfortunate gap. But Channel 4 is very keen for the show to return, with even more big names.”

They’ve got a reputation for mixing British stars with international entertainers and that’s something they want to continue.

Convincing A-listers to cook in a small English seaside cafe is quite a feat.
But in the first two seasons, guests included Olympic great Usain Bolt and actress Kate Hudson.

Michael Sheen, Salma Hayek and Star Wars’ Mark Hamill followed in their steps.

The most recent season was filmed in 2019, although they managed to film a Christmas special there last year.

Denise in fast lane

SHE is not set to be part of next month’s Big Breakfast revival but its former presenter Denise Van Outen is busy enough already.

Following her stint on Celebrity Gogglebox, she wore this leather outfit leaving London’s Proud Embankment on Saturday night, having played there with the Cabaret All Stars.

Earlier in the day she hosted a gig featuring Peter Andre and Tony Hadley in Essex.

She certainly earned herself a big breakfast on Sunday morning.

Mrs Rom links in

FANS of Romesh Ranganathan were thrilled when he bagged hosting duties on The Weakest Link for its telly comeback.

But the comedian reckons nobody was more pleased than his wife Leesa.

Speaking on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch over the weekend, Romesh said: “It’s the first time my wife has shown any real excitement about anything I’ve done career-wise . . . or actually anything personal.”

Having taken over from Anne Robinson, Romesh added: “We played around with it. Hopefully we found a way to please the people that like the show and (also) bring something new to it.”

bizbits

  • JAMIE LAING says he was mortified by the tight trousers he had to wear while taking part in Strictly Come Dancing last year. He admitted: “They were absolutely ridiculous. HRVY looked at me and I went, ‘My trousers are quite tight’. And he went, ‘I can see your c**k’.” Charming.
  • Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club is not expected to return for a second run. It debuted on ITV last autumn, offering a showcase for up-and-coming comedians with live comedy shows cancelled due to the pandemic. But ITV is believed to have shelved the concept for now.

Chris: No more plunge

FIVE months after the birth of her son Freddie, Christine Lampard is back at work, sitting in for Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show during the summer holidays.

Ever the trendsetter, Christine will be going all-out with her fashion choices – but she insists she won’t be taking inspiration from Amanda Holden and Davina McCall’s plunging outfits.

Christine, who is married to former England footie ace Frank, said: “I think I’d give them both a run for their money at the minute.

“But no, I’m definitely not a ‘plunge’ sort of girl. At 8am, no one needs to see that.”

I can think of plenty of people who’d disagree with you there, Christine.

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