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9 May 2017, 12:13
That's showbiz, as Channel 5 pulls the plug on Up Late With Rylan.
Poor Rylan Clark-Neal isn’t having the best time of it lately. Still bruised by having to defend his new game show Babushka, now his chat show Up Late With Rylan has been cancelled. Aww, we really feel for you, babes.
According to The Sun, Channel 5 bosses have pulled the plug after just one series. That’s telly for you.
The show ran during summer 2016 and was a light and frothy mix of chat, games and music. Guests included Katie Price, The Cheeky Girls, Ronan Keating, Amanda Holden, Christopher Biggins and Sinitta. So it wasn’t exactly competing with Graham Norton when it came to booking A-list guests.
But we still think Rylan’s show was a perfect bit of harmless late-night fluff. And with games like Back Catalogue Bingo and Bank or Bin, it provided the perfect alternative to Newsnight.
Awkwardly, Rylan had recently told the Radio Times that his chat show would be returning. “It will come back – maybe a little bit differently,” he said. “I don’t know if I can commit to four nights a week again, especially doing Big Brother and This Morning, but I really enjoyed it.”
He went on: "The whole series was one big pilot and I think the first week of the show we didn’t know what it was, but by the end of it we did make a really good hour-long chat show." Oh well.
Such a gorgeous logo, too. Copyright: Channel 5
So with the resistance from fans of The Chase to his temporary replacement Babushka and now the news about Up Late With Rylan, does this mean the TV work is drying up? Well, hardly.
As he mentioned, Rylan has his ongoing presenting gig on This Morning to keep him busy. He’s clearly a well-liked part of the This Morning family, and isn’t going anywhere.
He’s also gearing up for Series 238 of Big Brother, returning this summer. An ideal fit for the anything-goes atmosphere of Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, he loves the show and its outspoken fans.
We also have a feeling that Babushka will be back. After all, it’s definitely been a talking point…