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23/06/2015 07:19 BST | Updated 23/06/2015 09:59 BST

'TFI Friday': Chris Evans Confirms New Series To Air On Channel 4

Chris Evans has confirmed he will front a new series of ‘TFI Friday’.

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The madcap 90s show proved a massive hit when it made a one-off return earlier this month, and Channel 4 have now commissioned a new eight-part series which will air before Christmas.

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Chris Evans on 'TFI Friday'

Confirming the news to The Sun, Chris said: “I might actually spontaneously explode on live TV due to excitedness.”

He later added on Twitter: “Just written last chapter of new book. Had no idea it was going to start with a secret marathon and end with ‘TFI Friday’ & ‘Top Gear’. Onwards!

"'TFI Friday' is indeed coming back for a short but perfectly formed run of eight shows pre Christmas. Tx dates soon .Plus audience information."

However, the news has reportedly upset his BBC bosses, after he signed up to replace Jeremy Clarkson on ‘Top Gear’ last week.

The Sun reports they tried to block him fronting a new series of ‘TFI’, but were unable to, as he’d actually signed the deal with Channel 4 first.

“The BBC are less than happy,” a source told the paper.

“They think having him host ‘TFI’ could really dilute his brand and might take away from what he is going to do on 'Top Gear'. This is a victory for Channel 4.”

Chris previously backed Nick Grimshaw to front a revived series of ‘TFI Friday’, but the suggestion was met with anger by fans of the show. The Radio 1 DJ then went on to sign up as an ‘X Factor’ judge.

Last week, Chris quit his role as the host of the Friday edition on ‘The One Show’, presumably to allow him to host ‘TFI’.

However, he has insisted that he will still continue as host of the Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

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