Jason Manford has denied reports that ITV were forced to cut his stand up routine from Monday night’s episode of Show Me The Funny.
It had previously been claimed that the comedian had performed ten minutes worth of gags at the start of the entertainment show, however they were said to have been cut from the finished episode, because of a legal issue between the channel and the company producing Manford’s Christmas DVD.
However, the dad of two denied the claims today and took to Facebook to set the record straight.
“Hey guys, cheers for the feedback on Show Me The Funny, it was great fun to present. But, I was never booked to do stand-up so no one has “edited out my gags”.
“The show isn’t about me, it’s about giving new comics a chance to shine on ITV1, hopefully securing them a bright future and an amazing prize. Had some great feedback and nearly 3 million of you tuned in, so nice one. Chuffed as I really enjoyed the filming. (sic)”
Each week, the six-part series – dubbed ‘The Apprentice’ for comics – will see 10 comedians compete against each other in a bid to win £100,000, a national tour and a DVD deal.
However, Jason thinks having to come up with five minutes of brand new material each week, which will then be judged by panellists Alan Davies and Kate Copstick, meant only bravest of hopefuls applied.
He recently said: “Most comics would’ve looked at the list of what you get from winning and said, ‘£100,000, that’s brilliant, and the next thing is brilliant and the next.’
“But then they would’ve got to the bit that says they have to come up with five minutes of new material and gone, ‘No. I don’t think this competition is for me.’ “