‘Bargain Hunt’ presenter leaves show after 12 years following bullying allegations

Tim Wonnacott had hosted around 1,200 episodes of the BBC daytime show

Bargain Hunt host Tim Wonnacott will leave the show after 12 years presenting the BBC antiques show.

The BBC has issued a statement saying that the programme will move in a “new direction” following Wonnacott’s initial suspension from the show in September over bullying allegations. Tabloid reports at the time claimed that Wonnacott had a “bust-up” with the show’s producers, although this has not been confirmed.

In their statement confirming Wonnacott’s departure, the BBC said: “We would like to thank Tim Wonnacott for his dedication to Bargain Hunt over the last 12 years and for the great expertise that he has brought to the show in that time”.

The BBC also stated that one sole presenter would not be sought for, but instead that Wonnacott would be replaced by a number of hosts. “Bargain Hunt will be moving in a new direction next year utilising a team of experts who present a number of shows each. Tim continues to work with the BBC on Antiques Road Trip,” the statement reads.

Wonnacott himself said in the same statement that he had “thoroughly enjoyed” his time presenting “roughly 1200 programmes hunting out bargains with the contestants.” He added: “Alongside continuing to voice Antiques Road Trip for the BBC, I look forward to developing new programme ideas.”

Tim Wonnacott replaced David Dickinson as host of Bargain Hunt in 2003. He also appeared on Strictly Come Dancing last year.