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‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks' Axed By The BBC, After 18 Years

26/05/2015 13:31 BST | Updated 26/05/2015 15:59 BST

Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ has been axed by the BBC, after 18 years on air.

Bosses have pulled the plug on the comedy/music panel show, which is currently headed up by host Rhod Gilbert and team captains Phill Jupitus and Noel Fielding.

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Falling rating have been cited as a reason for the show’s cancellation, according to Broadcast, with the most recent series averaging just 1.1 million viewers.

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A spokesperson confirmed the news, saying: “After 28 series we’ve decided not to bring ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ back to the BBC. This will create space for new entertainment formats in the future.

“We’d like to thank the team at Talkback, Rhod Gilbert, all the brilliant hosts over the years and of course Noel and Phill for the years of enjoyment they’ve given BBC2 viewers.”

‘Buzzocks’ launched in 1996 with Mark Lamarr, who was succeeded by Simon Amstell, before he quit in 2009 and was replaced by a series of guest hosts.

Rhod Gilbert was installed as a permanent replacement at the start of the last run, in an attempt to reboot the series.

While Phill Jupitus has been a mainstay on the show since it began, other team captains have included Sean Hughes and Bill Bailey.

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