Popular Celebrity Juice show ends after 300 episodes
Comedian and TV star Leigh Francis said Celebrity Juice was the ‘longest funniest party’ as it was announced that the ITV2 show would end later this year.
The comedy panel series first aired in 2008, with Francis onscreen as his alter ego Keith Lemon, alongside original team captains Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby.
Cotton left the show in 2018 to pursue other projects, while the This Morning Willoughby star announced her departure in 2020, with Love Island host Laura Whitmore and The Inbetweeners’ Emily Atack continuing to step in the roles. full-time team captain in the 24 series.
After 14 years, 26 series, 300 eps @CelebJuice wraps up later this year with two farewell specials. Thank you so much to everyone who watched, team captains, guests, crew and itv2. It was the longest and funniest party! I had a wonderful time. big love x pic.twitter.com/1SqJDYkj1j
— Leigh Francis (@LeighFrancis) June 29, 2022
Following the news, Francis tweeted: “After 14 years, 26 series, 300 eps @CelebJuice is coming to an end later this year with two farewell specials.
“Thank you so much to everyone who watched, team captains, guests, crew and itv2. It was the longest and funniest party! Had a wonderful time. Big love x”.
The show, which ran for 26 series on ITV2, will end with two specials celebrating “all of Juice’s craziest moments”, ITV said.
Francis added in a statement, “I remember doing the first episode thinking ‘Wow, that was fun! In the V/O of the opening titles, I said that was the best show. from TV to TV.
“Whatever you think, it was definitely the most fun to do. Amazing crew and amazing guests, but all good things must come to an end. I’m going to miss it, and everyone else so much, but let’s move on to the next one chapter and I can’t wait to go out in style on the stages! All is well and good luck with your business!”
Over the years the show has seen names like Gino D’Acampo, Mel B, Paddy McGuinness, Maya Jama and Kelly Brook all appear as team captains, while celebrity guests have included Ed Sheeran, Pamela Anderson and more.
For the show’s 15th series, an hour-long live special from Elstree Studios featured celebrity names such as This Morning’s Phillip Schofield and I’m A Celebrity winner Vicky Pattison.
Francis will continue to appear on his ITV2 series Shopping With Keith Lemon.
Paul Mortimer, Director of Reality, Acquisitions and Controller, ITV2, ITVBe and CITV, said: “Celebrity Juice and Keith have become favorites on ITV2 programming over the years, with the boundless humor and Keith’s outrageous antics redefining the comedy panel show experience.
“It’s safe to say that Celebrity Juice certainly won’t be forgotten anytime soon, and we want to thank the entire Talkback team, and of course Keith and all of our team captains over the years for making Juice the catching television – hit it has become.