Rylan Clark-Neal's rebooted version of Ready Steady Cook has been axed by BBC chiefs after just two seasons.
The show, which pairs members of the public with celebrity chefs and asks them to rustle up a dish against the clock from a limited bag of ingredients, was brought back after 10 years off the air last year, with Rylan brought in to host.
However, BBC bosses have now confirmed the revamped programme is being dropped after just two series to make space for new shows.
“We sometimes have to make difficult decisions to grow new shows and after two brilliant series of Ready Steady Cook, we’re making space in the schedule for some exciting new titles that we’re sure viewers will enjoy," a spokesperson told The Sun.
“We are hugely grateful to Rylan and our team of chefs for making the return of the series so special.”
Rylan has endured a difficult 2021 so far having taken time away from his presenting jobs on ITV's This Morning and BBC Radio 2 following the break-up of his marriage to former Big Brother housemate Dan Neal.
A source close to the star said the news of Ready Steady Cook's axing had hit him hard.
“It’s a huge blow for Rylan because he loved the show and he wanted it to be a success," the insider said. “Given the past few months he’s had, it has been tough to process.”
First airing in 1994 with Fern Britton as host, Ready Steady Cook became one of British TV's most popular cooking programmes and introduced viewers to a host of celebrity chefs including Gary Rhodes and Ainsley Harriott, the latter of whom took over as host in 2000. It ended in 2010 but BBC chiefs brought it back last year as a "teatime treat" for viewers.