Jason Manford's jokes on new ITV1 comedy talent series Show Me The Funny had to be cut after a legal battle, it has been revealed. The new reality show, which debuted on Monday night to a disappointing 2.6 million viewers, had to be edited at the last minute.
The show sees hopeful comedians competing for a £100,000 cash prize, their own headlining tour and stand up DVD. The comics have to play to a different audience each week - ranging from school kids to members of the armed forces.
Originally, host Jason was due to open each show with a 10 minute set of his own, but this was ditched after an argument between the show's producers Big Talk and Universal Pictures, who are launching Jason's second DVD in November in time for Christmas.
Speaking to The Sun, he admitted the premiere of the new series "lacked laughs", saying: "They edited all my bits out. It's all very complicated.
"I've got a DVD coming out and I'm on tour, and a certain production company owns my sets."
He added: "I was basically the warm-up man before the proper comics. I could have given it the whole ego thing, got the agent to ring them, say, 'Why didn't you put some of my jokes on?'. But it's not about me."
Ignacio Lopez became the first stand up to be eliminated from the show on Monday after he failed to win over a crowd full of Liverpudlian women.