Release the Hounds is coming back to ITV2 with a brand new host

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Release the Hounds is returnning for a new series with a new host.

Matt Edmondson will replace Reggie Yates on the new series, which will again feature celebrity contestants.

Release the Hounds: Famous & Freaked, which will air on ITV2 later this year, is filmed in a remote forest from dusk through to the dead of night.


Each episode sees a team of three celebrities experience some of the scariest challenges ever on TV. As the darkness falls, they must face horror themed mental and physical challenges aimed to truly push them to their limits and culminates in the participants being chased by dogs in the hope of winning a large cash prize.

If they manage to escape the hounds, the money belongs to them to donate to a charity of their choosing.

Former Xtra Factor presenter Matt Edmondson said: “Having spent much of last year in the presence of Simon Cowell, I’m used to finding myself in terrifying situations, so I feel fully prepared to be taking on the challenge of hosting Release The Hounds.

"I love the show, and have enjoyed watching it both on and behind my sofa in the last few years. I can’t wait to scare the living quinoa out of a load of celebrities, and I’m currently in the process of trying to convince the producers to cast my West Highland Terrier, Oscar, as one of the ‘Hounds’.”

Asif Zubairy, ITV’s Commissioning Editor, Comedy and Entertainment added: "I'm delighted to say that the scariest gameshow on television is back where none of the contestants in the forest are safe. Hooray."

Release the Hounds airs later this year on ITV2.

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