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Host The Week reportedly AXED by Channel 4 after just one flop episode

Scarlett Moffatt-fronted opener was watched by less than half a million viewers

Scarlett Moffatt with Duncan James on Host The Week

Channel 4 has reportedly AXED Host The Week just ONE episode in to its run, after its Scarlett Moffatt-hosted launch episode crashed in the ratings.

The improv comedy show was meant to feature a different celebrity presenter each week, who would take part in various sketches - without any prior knowledge of what they'd involve.

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The first edition, which aired on Thursday, saw Scarlett encounter her famous crush, Blue star Duncan James, in a parody of Blind Date.

She also interviewed pop group Steps in a spoof chat show and read a joke news bulletin with real Channel 4 News anchor Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

However, it completely flopped in the ratings, attracting just 460,000 viewers - an embarrassing number for its primetime 9pm slot.

Now The Sun reports that C4 bosses have decided to immediately drop Host The Week from its schedules.

"Channel 4 tried to give something new a go but it hasn’t worked on any level," a source said. "It did not land with viewers and they’ve decided to not only leave the second episode, but completely pack in the show."

A spokesperson for the broadcaster commented: "We’re brave enough to take risks with innovative programme ideas, but also to acknowledge they don’t all work and move on."

The second episode was due to be taped tomorrow, with comedian Jack Whitehall taking the reins.

A replacement programme has yet to be announced.

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Scarlett, who rose to fame on C4's own Gogglebox, is set to remain a fixture on the channel.

The I'm A Celebrity winner will present a revival of 90s gameshow Streetmate, due to air later this year.

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