Rhod Gilbert named permanent host of ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’

Welsh comic replaces Simon Amstell after five years of guest hosts

Rhod Gilbert has been named as the new permanent host of Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

The Welsh comedian replaces Simon Amstell, who quit the BBC music panel show in 2009. Since then a number of guests hosts have hosted the programme, including Gilbert himself. The 28th series will be Gilbert’s first in the hosts seat and will see team captains Phill Jupitus and Noel Fielding return alongside him.

“After my first Buzzcocks in 2009, I was told I was in with a shout to take over as regular host, and now, just five years later, I got the call,” Gilbert joked. “It has all happened so fast.

Never Mind The Buzzcocks is one of those rare shows that feels like it belongs on our screens. It’s an institution, in a good way. It’s a great honour to be asked to take the reins full time and to hang out with Noel and Phill, and I’m equally excited and nervous about adding my name to those who have hosted it in the past.”

Never Mind The Buzzcocks is due back on BBC2 in the autumn.