Nick Knowles ordered to step down from DIY SOS after BBC rule break

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Nick Knowles was missing from his usual spot on DIY SOS Children In Need on Tuesday as Rhod Gilbert stepped in to host the special edition of the BBC show. The presenter was absent for the first time in the show’s 22-year history after breaking guidelines set out by the broadcaster.

Tuesday’s episode opened with Julian Perryman, Mark Millar, Chris Frediani and Billy Byrne driving on their way to their next project.

The team address Nick’s absence before finding Rhod and asking him if he’ll join them. 

Nick angered the BBC earlier this year after starring in a Shreddies advert.

In the advert, Nick appears as a builder which put him in direct conflict with the broadcaster’s rules. 

Read more: Nick Knowles says Rhod Gilbert just ‘stepping in’ on DIY SOS

Under BBC editorial rules stars are banned from appearing in promotional work “in a way which mimics or replicates their on-air roles for the BBC”.

In a joint statement, the BBC and Nick said: “Both Nick and the BBC have resolved the issue recently reported relating to Nick’s commercial agreements and BBC guidelines.

“With the campaign still running, Nick will step back from the DIY SOS Children In Need special this year but will be back on our screens in 2022.”

After it was announced Rhod would be taking over Nick’s role, the presenter shared his support for the comedian.

DIY SOS star Mark praised Rhod on Twitter commenting he was “lovely to work with” following Tuesday’s broadcast.

Nick remarked: “Mark is right – Rhod is a lovely chap, was properly emotionally engaged, did a great job and it really is about the kids and raising funds for @BBCCiN.

“I appreciate people being loyal to me but I really urge you all to support this build and Rhod and donate if you can.”

The presenter later added: “Thank you to all the tradesmen, volunteers and importantly the suppliers that made @BBCCiN @DIYSOS possible and thank Rhod Gilbert for doing such a top job and being so emotionally engaged @DiysosBilly @chrisandjules @Bonjourmillar also director Matt Skilton and team credit to all involved.”

Tuesday’s episode opened with Julian, Mark, Chris and Billy Byrne driving through Hull with Pudsey.

Julian began: “That’s it lads we’re on the road again for Children In Need.”

“Where we going this time, Jules?” Billy asked. 

“With off up to Hull to do a job for St Michael’s Youth Project,” he replied. 

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Chris added: “Ah we’re a man down though, we’ve got no Nick.”

“That’s not really a problem, is it? All we need to do is find a rough old boy with a scruffy beard and we’re laughing,” Mark remarked. 

Julian spots Rhod walking down the road, pulls over and the DIY SOS team drag him onto the van.

DIY SOS Children In Need is available to watch on BBC iPlayer. 

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