Sue Perkins has been announced as the new host of Just A Minute following the death of Nicholas Parsons.
It was revealed on Tuesday that the former 51-year-old presenter of Great British Bake Off was previously a guest presenter on the BBC Radio 4 programme.
Former presenter Parsons sadly passed away last year at the age of 96 after a short illness, having hosted the program since it first aired in 1967.
New venture: Sue Perkins was unveiled on Tuesday as the new host of Just A Minute, following the death of former anchor Nicholas Parsons
Sharing her joy at taking the position, Sue said: “I am extremely delighted to be asked to host this most legendary show.
“Nicholas’ shoes are way too big to fill, but I’ll bring my own and take my socks off in them to keep our listeners entertained.”
Radio 4 controller Mohit Bakaya added: ‘A repeat of Nicholas Parsons’ unique, and much-missed, genius was never likely, and anomaly was always on the cards.
However, it is without hesitation that I announce my absolute joy that Sue Perkins has agreed to be the new host of Just a Minute.
Big shoes to fill: Former anchor Parsons sadly passed away last year at age 96 after a short illness, having hosted the program since it first aired in 1967 (pictured seen in 1994)
“She’s a brilliant, witty comedian who, I know, will make JAM her own.
“I’m looking forward to hearing how she will hold Paul and Gyles to account as she raises the flag for this beloved member of the Radio 4 family.”
Sue first appeared on Just A Minute in 2000, then appeared on the program 58 times as a panelist, while presenting an episode of the program earlier this year.
Happy: Sue, who has appeared on the show more than 50 times, shared her joy at taking the position: ‘I am extremely excited to be asked to host this most legendary show’
Parsons’ widow, Annie, said her late husband would be “elated to know that Just A Minute will continue well into the future under the excellent tutelage of Sue Perkins, who may fully understand the most repeated five words on TV or radio.” and embraces; “Without hesitation, repetition or deviation”.’
Longtime panelists Paul Merton and Gyles Brandreth also return for the 87th series, which returns on September 6.
In Just A Minute, participants each take a turn to lead the comedy panel play and maintain the tradition of trying to speak for 60 seconds without hesitation, repetition or deviation.
Sweet: Parsons’ widow Annie said he “would be pleased to know that Just A Minute will continue well into the future under the excellent tutelage of Sue Perkins” (pictured in 1994)
In her personal life, it was revealed last month that Sue and her long-term girlfriend Anna Richardson had split up after eight years together.
Earlier this month, MailOnline revealed that the former couple has been living separately since last fall and only see each other when exchanging custody of their beloved dog.
Friends close to the couple said the couple was on several pages about wanting to start a family, with Anna “wanting to be a mother” and Sue not being sure it was “the right time” to think about children. .
MailOnline revealed that Naked Attraction presenter Anna, 50, has moved out of their £2million shared home in North London to live in Staffordshire to be close to her mother, who cares for her father who suffers from dementia.
A friend said: ‘It’s really sad that they broke up, but it’s been on the cards for a while.
“We know Anna really wanted to be a mother, but Sue didn’t think this was the right time for her.
Amicable: Sue recently split from her long-term girlfriend Anna Robinson, with MailOnline revealing that no one else is involved in the decision (pictured in 2014)
“She enjoys traveling and working on different projects and appreciates that lifestyle and parenting responsibility don’t mix.”
Anna had previously expressed her hopes of adopting a child in the future, telling the Daily Mail in 2015: ‘I think being 45 now I think long and hard about raising and adopting. It would be nice to create a small unit.”
It is also alleged that she and Sue struggled to live together during the lockdown as they are both ‘workaholics’ used to their independence.
They haven’t spent much together in recent months, living separate lives with Anna in Staffordshire and Sue in London.
“The only time they see each other now is when they hand the dog to each other.
Anna and Sue adopted former rescue dog Tia in 2017 from Animal Lifeline’s Serendipity Kennels near Cellarhead, Staffs, and quickly settled into their home.
Sue is the registered owner of North London property which has been described by friends as a ‘show house’ given its immaculate appearance, inside and out.
Anna, who is passionate about interior design and just landed a hosting gig for the dressing room reboot, oversaw the major renovation and felt the house was an ideal place to start a family.
But Sue is less enthusiastic about the property, particularly its remote location, which has left her feeling isolated during the lockdown.
Shock split: Anna and Sue have been living apart since last fall, only seeing each other when exchanging custody of their beloved dog (pictured in 2012)
MailOnline has reached out to representatives for Sue Perkins and Anna Richardson for comment.
The couple’s split was revealed late last month and neither Anna nor Sue have commented publicly since.
MailOnline revealed that “no one else was involved” and that they are “determined to remain friends.”
Fans speculated that their relationship was in trouble after Anna failed to name former Bake Off host Sue on social media nine months before the split was confirmed.
Sue’s latest appearance on Anna’s Instagram page came in a music video last September, which she filmed as she celebrated the ex-Big Breakfast host’s 50th birthday with other family members.
Anna told her 41,000 followers, “Hello everyone. I am here with family. That’s Sue Perkins behind the camera and it’s my 50th birthday.”
While cutting her birthday cake, Anna was quick to ask Sue’s opinion on the offer, given her Bake Off connections, and joked, “What do you think, Sue?”
Her partner replied, “Delicious crumbs, soggy bottom.”
The couple started dating in 2013 after meeting at a Halloween party following Anna’s divorce from her 18-year-old partner Charles Martin.
Anna previously spoke about her relationship with Sue in an interview with Hey!, said she had thought about adopting a child and said that as she gets older, she also feels that “time is running out” to do so.
Anna admitted she was only talking about herself, saying, “I’ve been toying with the idea of raising or adopting a child for a while now. I can only speak for myself, not Sue, but I really want to do the training [to foster] and welcome a child into my life.
“I feel very strongly that I am getting older, that time is running out.”
Shared Custody: Friends close to the couple said they were on several pages about wanting to start a family, with Anna “wanting to be a mother” and Sue insecure (pictured in 2013)