The skit which aired at the start of the show, poked fun at Gove’s repeated insistence that he had no desire to become Prime Minister, once even stating he was “not equipped” to lead the country.
Gove shocked Westminster on Thursday by launching a leadership bid. He had been expected to support Boris Johnson’s bid to succeed David Cameron, but his announcement saw Johnson dramatically drop out of the race.
Addressing the camera, Neil introduced his show by stating: "Let me make clear what I have repeatedly said before: I do not want to present Question Time. I could not present Question Time. I’m not equipped to present Question Time.
"This has always been my view. There are lots of talented people who could do it.
"But count me out. Whatever posters you put up on your wall, do not put one up of me.
"There are far better people than me who could and should do it.
"But not me. I couldn’t be clearer."
At this point, Neil is phoned by the BBC Director General, who offers him the job to present Question Time.
A simpering Neil enthusiastically accepts...
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- Announcing his leadership bid todayStefan Rousseau/PA Wire