Zoe Ball pulls out of hosting Comic Relief day after Joel Dommett

The hosting line-up for the BBC’s Comic Relief tonight (March 18) is looking a little different after another presenter has had to pull out.

Zoe Ball has revealed that she won’t be able to go through with her presenting duties due to a positive COVID test.

Sharing a picture of her lateral flow, and showing how she’d themed her nails for the charity event, she announced that Alesha Dixon would be taking over for her, pulling a double shift.

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“Fell at last hurdle and have had positive lat flows this am – noooooooo,” she wrote.

She added: “Gorgeous @aleshaofficial is going to work the double shift tonight on @ComicRelief, i owe you lady love – good luck to A, Lenny, David, @ mcguinness.paddy, @ajodudu, @vernonkay, and the @comicrelief gang , so many brilliant treats in store tonight.

“I’ll be watching & supporting from bed (probably in full make up, outfit, heels and all) might invite @joeldommett over #sickbay

“COMIC RELIEF BBC ONE 7pm #rednoseday.”

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This week, The Masked Singer host Joel Dommett also had to pull out due to the same reason.

“Super annoyed to report that I have the vid,” he told followers on social media.

“This unfortunately means I have to pull out of hosting @comicrelief.

“My incredible replacement is the better looking, more talented @vernonkay who is ace.

“I’ll be watching from home donating loads of money like everyone else!”

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Presenting on the night will be Sir Lenny Henry, Alesha Dixon, David Tennant, Paddy McGuinness and AJ Odudu, alongside last-minute replacement Vernon Kay.

Singer Kylie Minogue has also been forced to pull out of the show where she was set to star in a one-off sketch with the cast of comedy show Ghosts.

“So sorry to miss my planned visit to #BBCGhosts Button House for # ComicRelief2022 as I’ve been recovering from Covid,” she tweeted.

“I WILL, however, be watching @BBCOne 7pm Friday to see what fun @comicrelief has in store for us! Don’t forget to tune in & support the incredible work they do!”

BBC Comic Relief’s Red Nose Days airs tonight (March 18) from 7pm on BBC One.

If you’d like to donate Red Nose Day, you can visit the website or text “YES” to 70210 to donate £ 10. Full terms and additional details are available on the website.

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