Up Late With Rylan will NOT be getting a second series after all

Channel 5 has effectively axed Rylan Clark-Neal's late night chat show

Up Late With Rylan

Channel 5 has confirmed that Up Late With Rylan will now NOT be returning for a second series - just weeks after host Rylan Clark-Neal said it would be back.

The chat show was inspired by the successful American late night telly formula (as also recently attempted by ITV's The Nightly Show).

It aired four nights a week last May and saw Rylan chat to special guests - including his celebrity barmaids - and play games with his audience.

A second run was in the works, with C5 programming boss Ben Frow saying last summer: "It will come back in some form or other.

"It's quite a tough gig but I really believe in Rylan."

And just a few weeks ago, Rylan himself revealed that the show's comeback was still being planned.

"It will come back. Maybe a little bit differently," he told the Radio Times. "It’s just about fitting it in. I really enjoyed it and the whole series of Up Late with Rylan.

"By the end of it we really did make a good hour-long chat show which was fun, well-produced and it looked good."

However, it seems C5 has changed its mind, as it confirmed today that Up Late With Rylan now WON'T be returning.

A spokesperson for the broadcaster said: "Up Late with Rylan ran as part of Channel 5’s Summer of Entertainment and Comedy event last year.

"Rylan is a great talent and we look forward to exploring new formats with him in the future."

The rep insisted to the Radio Times that the show hasn't been "axed", as it was only ever commissioned for one series.

(But if a second run was on the cards, it sounds like it's been axed to us.)

Rylan fans needn't worry, as he's currently fronting new gameshow Babushka, which airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV.

He'll also be back on C5 next month for a new series of Big Brother's Bit On The Side.

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