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Joel Dommett announces alternate server for Comic Relief after contracting with Covid

Comedian Joel Dommett has announced that he will no longer host The Great Comic Relief Prizeathon this week, after testing positive for Covid-19.

Host Masked Singer will be joining AJ Odudu on this Friday’s late-night charity special.

He will be replaced by TV star Vernon Kay on the night, where there will be live music, comedy sketches and an awards draw.

Dommett shared two photos of the entire Comic Relief billboard to his Instagram, one with his face crossed out and one with Kay’s face edited.

He wrote: “Super annoyed to report that I have vid. Unfortunately, this meant I had to pull out of the @comicrelief hosting.

“My incredible replacement is the prettier, more talented @vernonkay who is the trump card. I’ll be following home donations like everyone else! ”

Kay has presented various TV shows over the years including Family Fortunes and its popular spin-off All Star Family Fortunes, Splash! and Game Of Talents.

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Vernon Kay Will Be In Late Night Special (David Parry/PA)

The Comic Relief Prizeathon will follow BBC News At Ten and continue the Red Nose Day celebrations.

As part of the show, chart-topping singer-songwriter George Ezra will perform his new single For You ahead of the release of his upcoming third album, Gold Rush Kid.

A pair of tickets to this year’s Glastonbury Festival and a hybrid car are among the prizes offered to viewers through a “text to win” draw.

Sir Lenny Henry, David Tennant, Paddy McGuinness and Zoe Ball were previously announced as the main fundraiser of Red Nose Day, which will be broadcast for the first time from BBC studios in Salford.

The Great Comic Relief Prizeathon airs on BBC One and iPlayer at 10.35pm on 18 March with the TV special The Red Nose Day Comic Relief from 7pm.

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