Mo Gilligan gets his first BBC show

MO GILLIGAN’s rise to TV celebrity is a modern-day fairy tale – and Beeb now wants to be a part of his story.

He achieved great success working in a Levi’s clothing store after Canadian rapper Drake spotted one of his comedy skits on Instagram.

Mo Gilligan's rise to television celebrity is a modern-day fairy tale - and Beeb now wants to be a part of it.
Mo Gilligan’s rise to television celebrity is a modern-day fairy tale – and Beeb now wants to be a part of it.Credit: Splash

The comedian was on the jury of The Masked Singer – the biggest hit in ITV history – and even got his own Channel 4 talk show.

So it’s no surprise that the BBC wanted a piece of him, and bosses have turned to a giant American company for inspiration.

Mo will host a game show based on Jimmy Fallon’s A sequel to the Tonight Show That’s My Jam, in which teams of celebrities compete in a series of music-themed challenges.

The US version, which has attracted big names like Ariana Grande and Kelly Clarkson, features games including Mixtape Medley, Air Guitar and Wheel of Impossible Karaoke.

The production company CPL, which produces A League Of Their Own, is holding the reins.

A source said: “Mo’s star is rising rapidly. He’s the man every channel wants right now. This show has all the ingredients to be a huge hit.

“He shot a pilot episode but Beeb would be foolish not to release a full series as soon as they could.”

The role will be Mo’s first proper turn for the BBC.

He became featured on Channel 4 with The Big Narstie The show first aired in June 2018.

A year after his own gig The Lateish Show came out, before he rose to global fame with Netflix’s comedy special Momentum.

Mo replaced Ken Jeong in The Masked Singer in 2020 and was added to this year’s The Masked Dancer board.

I think it’s safe to say he’s a famous man.

Carr and the awakening of Nazism

JIMMY CARR was on both sides of an attack.

He’s hurled punches at celebrities to amuse, while also making fun of his 2012 tax avoidance controversy.

Jimmy thinks the brigade has awakened who try to 'cancel' performers for past mistakes like the Nazis
Jimmy thinks the brigade has awakened who try to ‘cancel’ performers for past mistakes like the NazisCredit: Rex

The financial problems of the comic were even criticized then-Prime Minister David Cameron.

But now Jimmy thinks the brigade has awakened, who try to “cancel” the performers because of past mistakes just like the Nazis.

“Cancellation culture for me is like new books,” he said. The idea that you go, ‘That guy doesn’t exist anymore’.

“Listen, I raised my hand and said I made it. I don’t have any malice towards David Cameron calling me at the G20. You’re on the front lines of the papers and people are saying, ‘This is the end of a career, man’. “

On the Radio 4 podcast, Jimmy added that getting slashed by his friends 8 out of 10 cats is good for his image, but hard to do.

He continued: “The show is about the most talked about thing of the week.

“And I was the most talked about person of the week – so not a great scenario.”

Critical blow to cut Kym

KYM MARSH worked hard in the gym to get ready to go topless for the famous crazy scenes in Fatal Attraction.

But that doesn’t help – because her new theatrical performance is headed for a ticketing bloodbath.

Kym Marsh's new stage show is heading for a ticketing bloodbath
Kym Marsh’s new stage show is heading for a ticketing bloodbathCredit: Matthew Pover

Before Corrie actress who plays Alex Forrest, played by Glenn Close in the film, alongside Oliver Fransworth.

Covid gave the crowd a thrill so seats at Brighton’s Theater Royal didn’t move.

A theater source said: “It is a shame as Kym entered this film with the expectation of showing it to a large audience.

“But now people are just so worried about Covid that they don’t want to buy movie tickets.”

Only a few dozen tickets have been sold for opening night on January 14, and the same story at seven other locations will play out next year as well.

My heart goes out to all of Theaterland.

Tim…you are hired

LORD ALAN SUGAR and Baron Karren Brady are back in The Apprentice boardroom and ready to find a new star in business – with a new tycoon to make up the trilogy.

The show’s first winner since 2005, Tim Campbell MBE, signed up to cover Claude Litner while he was resting. And it will be sink or swim for the 16 new contestants vying to invest £250,000 in their business.

Lord Alan Sugar and Baroness Karren Brady are back in The Apprentice boardroom and ready to find a new star in business - with a new tycoon to form the trilogy.
Lord Alan Sugar and Baroness Karren Brady are back in The Apprentice boardroom and ready to find a new star in business – with a new tycoon to form the trilogy.Credit: BBC

Their first challenge is to be placed on a cruise ship, where they will be tasked with designing an advertising campaign for a trip to a destination.

In the opening episode of the latest series, Lord Sugar told them: “I have to say, we are delighted to be back in the boardroom again.

But don’t think for a minute that you’re soft. Because of Disease, the business world is harsher than ever, and so is the process.

“In this boardroom, you don’t feel comfortable, you get fired.”

The Apprentice returns for its 16th series on January 6 in a new Thursday night slot on BBC1.

Seriously give back to AJ?

AJ Odudu’s SERIOUS is lining up for one last shoot on the dance floor.

The presenter, who missed Saturday’s final due to an ankle injury, could be given the chance to perform once with professional Kai Widdrington in the next series.

Serious's AJ Odudu is lined up for one last shoot on the dance floor
Serious’s AJ Odudu is lined up for one last shoot on the dance floorCredit: Splash

A source from the show said: “The winner of the show will perform a dance again when the series begins again, and it has been suggested AJ may be allowed to return one last time on the dance floor.

“Nothing has been decided yet, but if they can arrange the schedule, AJ could return for one last shoot.”

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