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29th Jun 2022

Celebrity Juice axed by ITV after 14 years as Keith Lemon pays tribute to “the longest most fun party”

Steve Hopkins

Keith Lemon said he has had a “wonderful time” on the show.

Keith Lemon has paid tribute to “the longest most fun party” after it was confirmed Celebrity Juice has been axed by ITV.

A statement from the comedy character shared to Twitter on Wednesday reads: “After 14 years, 26 series, 300 eps Celebrity Juice is concluding later this year with two farewell specials.

“Thank you so so much to everyone who watched, to the team captains, guests, crew and ITV2. It was the longest most fun party! I had a wonderful time. Big love x.”

A video showing the classic moments from the long-running show accompanied the statement.

Fans immediately took to the comment section to honour the widely-loved show.

“I feel shame that Celebrity Juice is about to end. It really is the end of an era. Thank you for the millions of laughs you gave us for the last 14 years,” one user said.

Another added: “I’m absolutely gutted this is ending. But what a great run it’s had.

“Will definitely miss that on Thursday nights after the final two specials that air.”

One posted: “A bonkers but brilliant show, I’ve seen things on there I never thought I would! How the team came up with some of the ideas is beyond me. Thank you for the laughs. x”

Celebrity Juice launched in 2008 with Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby appearing as team captains and originally focussed on the week’s tabloid news before evolving to include games and challenges.

Paddy McGuinness later replaced Cotton, then Mel B took his spot.

This Morning presenter, Willoughby, left the show two years ago after “12 years of fantastic chaos”.

Several months after she quit, Emily Atack and Laura Whitmore were announced as the new captains.

The final season, which aired its final episode on 26 May, included celebrity guests Big Narstie, Rachel Riley, Joe Swash, Katherine Ryan, Aston Merrygold and more.

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