JOEL Dommett has been forced to pull out of Comic Relief after catching Covid.
The 36-year-old Masked Singer host named his replacement on the BBC charity fundraiser – insisting he will be watching from home.
Joel posted on Instagram this afternoon: "Super annoyed to report that I have the vid 😔 This unfortunately means I have to pull out of hosting @comicrelief.
"My incredible replacement is the better looking, more talented @vernonkay who is ace."
He added: "I’ll be watching from home donating loads of money like everyone else!"
Joel was due to host Comic Relief alongside Lenny Henry, Paddy McGuinness, Alesha Dixon, David Tennant and Zoe Ball.
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Vernon revealed that he will be fronting the show – which begins at 7pm on Friday – alongside AJ Odudu.
He wrote: "Covid has caught Captain Fantastic @joeldommett so I’m gonna be trying to fill his size 11.5shoes🤪 on Fridays @comicrelief Prizeathon with @ajodudu.
"Get the Vits in Joel kick it’s ass and join in the fun from the sofa?(You could win a CAR!) ❤️❤️🥰🥰."
Broadcast live from the BBC's studios at Media City UK in Salford the show features sketches, live performances and music alongside charity appeals.
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Many of Joel's celebrity friends replied to him offering their commiserations that he has had to pull out of the show.
Radio 2 star Zoe, 51, replied to him in rhyme writing: 'Boo no you! Hooray for Kay."
Geordie Shore's Vicky Pattison added: "I love you 😂😂😂 Hope you feel better soon ❤️."
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