Sue Perkins is revealed to be the new host of Just A Minute following former anchor Nicholas Parsons’ death
Sue Perkins has been announced as the new host of Just A Minute following the death of Nicholas Parsons.
It was revealed on Tuesday that the former Great British Bake Off presenter, 51, has previously served as a guest host of the BBC Radio 4 programme.
Former anchor Parsons sadly died last year aged 96 after a short illness, he had presented the programme since it was first broadcast in 1967.
New venture: Sue Perkins was revealed to be the new host of Just A Minute on Tuesday, following former anchor Nicholas Parsons’ death
Sharing her delight at taking the position, Sue said: ‘I’m beyond delighted to be asked to host this most legendary of shows.
‘Nicholas’s shoes are way too big to fill, but I shall bring my own shoes, and work my socks off in them to keep our listeners entertained.’
Mohit Bakaya, controller of Radio 4, added: ‘A repetition of Nicholas Parsons’ singular, and much missed, genius, was never likely, and a deviation was always on the cards.
‘However, it is without any hesitation that I announce my absolute delight that Sue Perkins has agreed to be the new host of Just a Minute.
Big shoes to fill: Former anchor Parsons sadly died last year aged 96 after a short illness, he had presented the programme since it was first broadcast in 1967 (pictured on show in 1994)
‘She is a brilliant, quick-witted comedian, who will, I know, make JAM her very own.
‘I look forward to hearing how she will hold the likes of Paul and Gyles to account as she keeps the flag flying on this much loved member of the Radio 4 family.’
Sue first appeared in Just A Minute in 2000, and she went on to appear as a panellist on the programme on 58 occasions, while earlier this year she guest hosted an episode of the programme.
Happy: Sharing her delight at taking the position, Sue, who has appeared on the show over 50 times, said: ‘I’m beyond delighted to be asked to host this most legendary of shows’
Parsons’ widow Annie said her late husband ‘would be delighted to know that Just A Minute will continue long into the future under the superb guardianship of Sue Perkins who fully understands and embraces possibly the most often repeated five words on TV or radio; “Without hesitation, repetition or deviation”.’
Long-standing panellists Paul Merton and Gyles Brandreth will also return for the 87th series, which will return on September 6.
Just A Minute sees contestants each take a turn to lead the comedy panel game and to uphold the tradition of attempting to talk for 60 seconds with no hesitation, repetition or deviation.
Sweet: Parsons’ widow Annie said he ‘would be delighted to know that Just A Minute will continue long into the future under the superb guardianship of Sue Perkins’ (pictured in 1994)
In her personal life, it was revealed last month that Sue and her longterm girlfriend Anna Richardson had split after eight years together.
Earlier this month, MailOnline revealed that the former couple have been living apart since last Autumn and only see each other when exchanging custody of their beloved dog.
Friends close to the couple said the pair were on different pages about wanting to start a family, with Anna ‘keen to become a mother’ and Sue unsure it was the ‘right time’ to think about kids.
MailOnline revealed Naked Attraction host Anna, 50, moved out of their shared £2million North London home to live in Staffordshire to be close to her mum, who is caring for her father who is suffering from dementia.
A pal said: ‘It’s really sad they’ve split, but it’s been on the cards for a while.
‘We know Anna was really keen to be a mother, but Sue just didn’t feel it was the right time for her.
Amicable: Sue recently split from her long-term girlfriend Anna Robinson, with MailOnline revealed that nobody else is involved in the decision (pictured in 2014)
‘She loves travelling and working on various projects and she appreciates that lifestyle and the responsibility of being a parent doesn’t marry well.’
Anna had previously shared her hopes to adopt a child in the future – telling the Daily Mail in 2015: ‘I think because I’m 45 now I’m thinking long and hard about fostering and adopting. It would be nice to create a little unit.’
It’s also claimed she and Sue struggled to live together during lockdown given they are both ‘workaholics’ who are used to their independence.
‘They haven’t spent much together in recent months, they’ve been living separate lives with Anna staying in Staffordshire and Sue remaining in London.
‘The only time they see each other now is when they hand the dog over to each other.
Anna and Sue adopted former rescue dog Tia in 2017 from Animal Lifeline’s Serendipity Kennels near Cellarhead, Staffs, and quickly settled into life in their home.
Sue is the registered owner of North London property, which has been described by pals as a ‘show home’ given its immaculate appearance, inside and out.
Anna, who is passionate about interior design and just landed a hosting gig for the Changing Rooms reboot, has overseen the major renovation believing the house was an ideal place to raise a family.
But Sue is less keen about the property, particularly its remote location, which caused her to feel isolated during lockdown.
Shock split: Anna and Sue have been living apart since last Autumn and only see each other when exchanging custody of their beloved dog (pictured in 2012)
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Sue Perkins and Anna Richardson for comment.
The pair’s split was revealed at the end of last month and neither Anna or Sue have publicly commented since.
MailOnline revealed that ‘nobody else was involved’ and they are ‘determined to remain friends’.
Fans speculated their relationship was in trouble after Anna failed to mention former Bake Off host Sue on social media nine months before the break-up was confirmed.
Sue’s final appearance on Anna’s Instagram page came in September last year in a video clip, which she filmed, celebrating the ex-Big Breakfast host’s 50th birthday alongside other family members.
Anna told her 41,000 followers: ‘Hello everybody. I’m here with family. That’s Sue Perkins behind the camera and it’s my 50th birthday.’
While cutting into her birthday cake, Anna was quick to ask Sue’s thoughts on the offering, given her Bake Off connections, joking: ‘What do you think, Sue?’
Her partner replied: ‘Lovely crumbs, soggy bottom.’
The pair first began dating in 2013 after meeting at a Halloween party following Anna’s split from her partner of 18 years Charles Martin.
Anna previously spoke about her relationship with Sue in an interview with Hello!, saying she had thought about adopting a child and said that as she is getting older she also feels that ‘time is running out’ for her to do so.
Admitting she was only talking about herself, Anna said: ‘For some time I’ve toyed with the idea of fostering or adopting a child. I can only speak for myself, not Sue, but I really want to do the training [to foster] and welcome a child into my life.
‘I feel keenly that I’m getting older, that time is running out.’
Shared custody: Friends close to the couple said they were on different pages about wanting to start a family, with Anna ‘keen to become a mother’ and Sue unsure (pictured in 2013)
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