Bill Bailey wasn't asked to return to 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks'

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SOUTHWOLD, ENGLAND - JULY 25: Bill Bailey performs during Latitude Festival 2021 at Henham Park on July 25, 2021 in Southwold, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Bill Bailey performs during Latitude Festival 2021. (Getty Images)

Bill Bailey has said that he wasn’t asked to be part of the new Never Mind The Buzzcocks revival.

The comedian was a long-standing team captain of the original BBC version of the musical panel show, joining the series from 2002 to 2008.

Buzzcocks was officially cancelled in 2015 after 18 years.

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However, the Strictly Come Dancing 2020 champion wasn’t asked to be part of the revival.

Speaking to Metro, Bailey explained: “No, I wasn’t [asked]. Or maybe I was and I missed the email! Perhaps I was learning the Charleston that week!”

<p>Little Mix’s Jade Thirwall, Anne Marie, and Nish Kumar all feature in this new look at Sky's Buzzcocks revival which shows the return of the classic Intros round.</p>
Never Mind The Buzzcocks will return this September on Sky. (Sky)

Now, the beloved cult favourite is returning with a brand new home — Sky and NOW — and a brand new line-up of recurring faces.

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Taskmaster’s Greg Davies is the new host, with Daisy May Cooper as a team captain, and Jamali Maddix as a regular guest.

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Noel Fielding is the only original star to remain on the show as the second team captain.

“I guess they want a new intake,” Bailey further explained to Radio Times.

“I don’t mind. I did more than 100 shows, so I think I got my fix of Buzzcocks.”

The upcoming series will run for eight episodes and a Christmas special.

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In a first look clip, it was confirmed that the beloved Intros round — where celebs have to mumble famous tracks to get their teammate to guess them — will return.

In one of the first episodes, Anne-Marie and Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall will compete on Cooper’s team.

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Maddix and Fielding will team up, joined by The Mash Report’s Nish Kumar.

Follow-up seasons are yet to be given the greenlight.

Nevermind The Buzzcocks returns later this month on Sky and NOW.

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