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Saturday Kitchen bosses confirm Matt Tebbutt as new host

Matt Tebbutt will be hosting Saturday Kitchen every other week, it has been confirmed.

Matt Tebbutt has been confirmed as the first permanent host of Saturday Kitchen since the departure of James Martin.

James left millions of fans heartbroken when he announced last year (16) that he would be leaving the cookery programme. But viewers were given new hope when Matt debuted on the programme, causing many fans to back a campaign to give him a permanent contract.

Now their determination has been rewarded, with Saturday Kitchen bosses confirming they have signed Matt up to present the BBC One programme every other week.

Other hosts such as Michel Roux Jr., Tom Kerridge, Donal Skehan, Lorraine Pascale, John Torode and Angela Hartnett will step in to present the show on the weeks when Matt, 43, is not there.

Further details on why Matt only decided to sign on to host alternative weeks were not revealed, but it may have had something to do with James' revelation that committing to the show on a weekly basis had left him exhausted.

"Before I quit Saturday Kitchen, I was working non-stop and my mates said, 'You look like trash, you've got to stop,'" James told Woman magazine.

"Between 2014 and 2015, I had 10 days off in two years. It was all work, work, work. On-screen, I looked like I'd been out getting drunk the night before but I was genuinely knackered!

"It made me think, 'I need to change my life.' Now I'm not working Saturday mornings I feel like I've got my life back. I can train the dogs, light the fire in the lounge and watch TV."

Matt, who is also known for hosting show Food Unwrapped, took to his Twitter page to retweet a story about his new role, and added "Cheers" alongside two wine glasses clinking.

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