Ant and Dec were given the opportunity to present at the Big Breakfast, but it didn’t work out.



Denise van Outen stated that Ant and Dec, along with Davina Mcall, were present on the Big Breakfast before Johnny Vaughan was selected

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Denise van Outen, the former show-host, said that Ant McPartlin had put Dec Donnelly in the running for The Big Breakfast’s presenter slot.

47-year old TV presenter said that the trial had failed. “didn’t work out”Both were 46 and Dec respectively, but Davina McCall (54), was not made full-time.

Denise said she was involved in the selection of Rick Adams, 50 (for the late 90s) – and chose Johnny Vaughan 55.

From 1997 to 1999, she hosted the Channel 4 program with Adams and primarily with Vaughan. She returned to the show as co-host in 2000.

She spoke out about the departure of her first co-host on the show and said: “When my co-presenter Rick Adams left the show, I held the fort down on my own for a while.”

Denise explained: “Sometimes [I would be] working with various guest presenters with a view to them becoming permanent if the chemistry between us was right.

“We had Ant & Dec on, which didn’t work out – with two of them and one of me. We had Davina McCall who was great, but the producers preferred a combination of one girl and one boy.”

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Denise opened up about the programme in her new memoir A Bit of Me – which was released earlier this month – and said that she stumbled upon Vaughan on a late night show.

She writes: Johnny was doing a sketch about Reebok Classic trainers. He made me cry with laughter.

“I called Waheed. [Alli, The Big Breakfast co-creator]. “I’ve been watching Johnny Vaughan, this guy on TV. He’s hilarious. He must be convinced to give it a try.

Vaughan’s West End star stated that producers were aware of Vaughan.”

The Big Breakfast ran on Channel 4 for a decade, with it broadcast from 1992 until 2002. It was produced by Planet 24, which was co-owned by musician Sir Bob Geldof, 70.

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