Helen Chamberlain leaves Soccer AM after 22 years
The long-serving host is being replaced by two men.
Soccer AM presenter Helen Chamberlain is leaving her role on the football show after 22 years.
The 50-year-old Torquay United fan will be replaced by two men: comedian Lloyd Griffith, and former Hull and Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard.
Sky Sports had announced plans for a programme revamp, and the Soccer AM team shared news of Chamberlain’s departure by tweeting “Farewell and thank you” to their long-serving host.
Farewell & thank you to Mrs Soccer AM @HellsBellsy This place won't be the same without you x— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) August 7, 2017
Chamberlain first joined the Saturday morning football talk show in 1995, co-presenting from 1996 with Tim Lovejoy, who can now be seen fronting Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.
The duo took over from Jane Hoffen, Gary A Stevens and Russ Williams, the team who launched the programme in 1995. Hoffen remains the only other female presenter to have hosted Soccer AM.
More recently, Chamberlain has presented alongside John Fendley, who tweeted that he would be sad to see her go.
Only one @HellsBellsy x— John Fendley (@Fennerssocceram) August 7, 2017
Meanwhile, Griffith tweeted his delight at being named one of Chamberlain’s replacements.
He wrote: “Bit of a dream come true, this. Delighted to announce that I’m the new co-host of @SoccerAM. Yes @Fennerssocceram & @jimmybullard!”
Bullard promised that “Saturday mornings won’t be the same again”, but later acknowledged that it would be difficult to replace Chamberlain, saying: “In my excitement forgot to mention (her)”.
☝Think buzzing & excited are same thing. However it's going to go off so get yourselves involved as Saturday mornings won't be same again!— Jimmy Bullard (@jimmybullard) August 7, 2017
In my excitement forgot to mention @HellsBellsy - impossible to step into her shoes. Amazing presenter & always be grateful to her— Jimmy Bullard (@jimmybullard) August 7, 2017
Fans shared their sadness at Chamberlain’s departure, with one tweeting: “things ain’t ever gonna be the same again” and another labelling her “Soccer AM personified”.
Helen chamberlain leaves soccer am things ain't ever gonna be the same again are they— uncle Bowz (@Bowz6488) August 7, 2017
Helen Chamberlain was a big part of my Saturday mornings. Soccer AM personified!— James Mc Dermott (@_TheyCallMeMac_) August 8, 2017