David Walliams steps into the drag star’s shoes

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 20: Host David Walliams on stage during the Jameson Empire Awards 2016 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on March 20, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

The popular comic will realize how it feels to be at the place of a drag. Not forever, but it is definitely going to be a lot of fun! Wallams made an announcement in his Twitter saying: “I have some very big shoes to fill as the new host of a special Christmas episode of #BlanketyBlank for @ITV”.

Blankety Blank is a gameshow which spawned US spin-off Match Game and drag parody Snatch Game, has aired hundreds of episodes since its creation in 1979. The game sees two contestants aim to match the answers of six celebrity panellists on ‘fill in the blank’ statements.

The comic will step into the role left by Paul O’Grady’s drag alter ego Lily Savage, who hosted the last revival of the iconic gameshow until its cancellation in 2002. Walliams added: “I have some very big shoes to fill as presenter of Blankety Blank, I loved Terry Wogan and Les Dawson as a child, and Paul O’Grady was absolutely hilarious. I hope I can bring this much loved show to life for a new generation.”

Suzy Lamb, Head of Entertainment for Thames, said: “After 14 years off air, we are very excited to be bringing back such an iconic game show. With David Walliams at the helm, Blankety Blank will be packed with fun and laughter for the whole family to enjoy this Christmas.”

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