Romesh Ranganathan has stated his role hosting The Weakest Link is the “most excited” his spouse has been a couple of present he has offered.
The 43-year-old comic replaces no-nonsense quizmaster Anne Robinson within the new iteration of the final information programme, which returns to BBC One with movie star contestants on December 18.
Ranganathan is joined by eight well-known faces every week as they struggle to win up to £50,000 for his or her chosen charity.
On becoming a member of the programme, he stated: “It’s such an iconic present, and such a bulletproof and addictive quiz format, it felt like a no brainer.
“It’s most likely essentially the most excited my spouse has been a couple of present I’ve executed, she doesn’t watch a lot of what I do however after I instructed her they have been fascinated by me for this, she was so excited, she virtually questioned whether or not I used to be the suitable reserving to be sincere.
“It’s a little bit of a blessing and a curse, on the one hand it’s a actually beloved format, however then again I’m barely bricking it as a result of individuals do actually find it irresistible.
“You possibly can write the detrimental critiques in your head ‘It seems The Weakest Link is… Romesh Ranganathan’ or one thing like that, it terrifies me, I can simply see it, I like to catastrophise.”
Ranganathan stated he actually loved the unique format and thinks Robinson was a “large motive why the present was so large”, however his model will likely be completely different.
Anne Robinson was on the helm of the unique collection for 12 years (BBC/PA)
He added: “When Anne hosted it was very a lot her flavour to it, but when somebody solutions one thing ridiculously, or is clearly The Weakest Link, I’m undoubtedly going to level that out and have enjoyable with that, however I’ll do it in my very own fashion.
“I’ll be bringing a comic book ingredient to it when it comes to how I work together with the contestants, going by means of the scripts and including comedy to that.”
Ranganathan teased a number of the movie star company who will characteristic on the upcoming collection, together with former Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing, broadcaster Nikki Fox, meals critic Jay Rayner and fellow comic Ed Gamble.
He admitted the comedians gave him extra trouble than the opposite contestants, and stated Gamble jokingly heckled him all through the episode and tried to undermine his confidence.
Among the celebrities reportedly felt the quiz present strain and gave some questionable solutions, with Ranganathan revealing a “standout second” for him was when Laing guessed the fruit that Winston Churchill’s spouse was named after was a lemon.
He joked that Made In Chelsea stars typically name their youngsters “bizarre” names, however discovered it amusing that the TV persona thought she was known as Lemon Churchill.
Romesh Ranganathan says he’ll carry a ‘comedian ingredient’ to his hosting (Ian West/PA)
Ranganathan additionally famous the brand new format will characteristic image questions and stated it was “wonderful” to uncover how individuals struggled to establish a easy picture whereas within the sizzling seat.
The comic recalled how one movie star was proven a picture from the musical Cats however incorrectly guessed that it was the Lion King.
He stated: “It seems this particular person doesn’t know what a lion appears like, in the event that they assume that’s a lion… once they see a lion, they’re about to have the time of their lives.”
The authentic collection was first broadcast in 2000 earlier than ending 12 years later. It returned for a Kids In Want particular in 2017.
The Weakest Link with Romesh Ranganathan begins on December 18 on BBC One.