Paddy McGuinness to join ‘chaos’ of Celebrity Juice as new team captain

Paddy McGuinness attends the official launch of The Jockey Club Haydock Park Racing Club during 32Red Sprint Cup Day at Haydo
Paddy McGuinness attends the official launch of The Jockey Club Haydock Park Racing Club during 32Red Sprint Cup Day at Haydock Park Racecourse.

Paddy McGuinness will replace Fearne Cotton as the new team captain on Celebrity Juice, it has been confirmed.

Stacey Solomon has also been unveiled as a new team member and series regular on the ITV2 comedy panel show.

It is the second new TV role in four months for Take Me Out presenter McGuinness, who in October was unveiled as the new co-host of Top Gear alongside Freddie Flintoff.

Paddy McGuinness and Leigh Francis - as Keith Lemon
Paddy McGuinness and Leigh Francis – as Keith Lemon (Ian West/PA)

The show is hosted by his close friend and colleague Leigh Francis – in his guise as Keith Lemon – and sees Holly Willoughby as the other team captain.

McGuinness is replacing Cotton, who announced her departure in December following 10 years on the programme, which puts celebrities to the test with a range of games, stunts and challenges.

McGuinness said: “I was a guest on the first-ever episode and I’ve done every series since, so I’ve always felt like part of the Juice family.

“Keith’s one of my best mates, I love Holly and we all have a natural rapport. I’m looking forward to the chaos!”

Loose Women star Solomon will be on McGuinness’ team on the series, which returns in March.

Stacey Solomon
Stacey Solomon (Matt Crossick/PA)

She said: “I’m so bloomin’ excited to be joining the Juice family. I have loved the show since it began and always enjoyed being a guest, so to get to be part of the furniture is a dream come true. So here goes nothing. Wahoo.”

Other star panellists due to take part across the new series include Amanda Holden, Emily Atack, Will Mellor and Johnny Vegas.

Saskia Schuster, ITV’s comedy controller, said: “We welcome Paddy and Stacey to the Celebrity Juice gang.

“All we can predict is unpredictability as they take their seats for the new series. Bring it on!”

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