'The best show yet!' Davina McCall is praised as the saviour of ITV's ailing Nightly Show as she joins as host.... after quitting Twitter over backlash fears
Established comedians David Walliams and John Bishop faced fierce criticism on social media when they hosted ITV's new late night programme The Nightly Show.
And so Davina McCall decided to quit Twitter for a week when she hosted the show, expecting a deluge of mean-spirited tweets, only for her appearance to be declared a success.
The 49-year-old presenter informed her followers that she would be off the site until Saturday because of her hosting gig - and told the haters to 'fill yer boots'.
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A pleasant surprise: Davina McCall, 49, quit Twitter for a week while she hosted ITV's Nightly Show fearing a deluge of mean tweets only for viewers to flood her Twitter feed with praise
She tweeted: 'I hosting the nightly show all week x I'm off twitter till Saturday so if you hate it ... fill yer boots!' (sic)
But the reaction was quite the opposite with viewers flooding her Twitter feed with praise for her comedic presenting skills.
One wrote: 'Not watched a single episode of this new ITV Nightly Show, until now - get Davina on it every night and I'm sold!'
Taking precautions: Davina informed her followers that she was leaving Twitter so they could 'fill yer boots' and criticise her on the social media site only for the opposite to happen
Fans: Tweets came flooding in to declare her hosting gig a great success
'Best show yet': The Twitter users declared that Davina was a better host than David Walliams and John Bishop
In her element: The presenter showed she had what it took to host the beleaguered show
Celebrity guests: Davina laughed with her guests Boy George and actress Vicky McClure
Let's get a little wild: She was unafraid of a little mayhem to reign as Vicky showed off her dance moves to viewers at home
A way with people: Davina showed that she had no problem hosting the show, getting along easily with members of the audience and her celebrity guests
While another declared that Davina was a better host than David or John.
'Davina!' she wrote. 'That was the best show yet hun.'
The veteran presenter displayed her skills on the programme which saw her interviewing Boy George and The Replacement actress Vicky McClure.
The former Big Brother presenter filled the show with references to her wild youth spent falling in and out of night clubs and added in jokes about vibrators and her married sex life, or lack thereof.
Let's groove: Davina indulged in a little bit of wacky dancing with guest Vicky McClure
Still got the moves: Viewers were delighted by Davina's foul-mouthed appearance and jokes about her married sex life, or lack thereof
Funny lady: Vicky couldn't control her laughter as Davina gyrated to the floor
She made it clear from the beginning that the show would be a sweary one.
'It's 10pm,' the fitness fan announced, 'so I'm going to say f*** and b*****ks as much as I like.'
Her success came just days after former GBBO presenters Mel and Sue got 'cold feet' about hosting the beleaguered show.
An ITV insider told The Sun: 'It looked as though it was all but finalised, but they never quite signed on the dotted line.
'Unfortunately the talks collapsed when they decided they couldn’t possibly make their diaries fit with ITV and have had to turn down the offer.'
The positive reaction must be all the sweeter for Davina after her own BBC chat show, called Davina, was axed after just eight episodes a decade ago.
A long wait: The positive reaction must have been all the sweeter for Davina after her own chat show, Davina, was axed by the BBC after just eight episodes a decade ago
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