First look at Stacey Dooley’s new BBC Three cookery show Hungry For It – as she returns to broadcaster after ‘being axed from Glow Up axe for breaking advertising rules’
BBC Three have shared first look images at Stacey Dooley’s new cookery show, Hungry For It, as she returns to the network after being ‘axed’ in 2020.
The presenter, 34, has been given a second chance by the BBC who was reportedly let go from her Glow Up hosting gig after ‘furious’ bosses discovered she had broken the broadcaster’s rules by starring in a beauty ad.
Stacey’s gig on Hungry For It – a series which will search for up-and-coming talent in the culinary world – coincides with the channel being brought back to linear TV after six years as an online streaming service.
She’s back: First look at Stacey Dooley’s new BBC Three cookery show after she was ‘axed’ from makeover series Glow Up for ‘breaking broadcaster’s rules’
Hosted by Stacey, the show will see budding chefs compete to impress rapper and foodie Big Zuu and Kayla Greer, known as Chef Kay Kay.
First look images from the show, see the trio larking around as they wait in the kitchen while watching over the chefs.
Discussing her new gig in August, Stacey said: ‘Just THRILLED to be presenting this series.
‘I’ve always been delighted to be able to celebrate and showcase talent, particularly when those involved are given such incredible opportunities. Let’s go! (Also, I’ve nominated myself HEAD TASTER).’
Three’s company: Hosted by Stacey, Hungry For It, will see budding chefs compete to impress rapper and foodie Big Zuu (centre) and Kayla Greer, known as Chef Kay Kay (right)
The documentary aficionado’s career started on BBC Three in 2008 and saw her working as an investigate journalist.
In 2019 she then landed the hosting gig for BBC Three reality competition series Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star, which searches for the best up-and-coming make-up artist.
However, Stacey was said to have been axed from the show after she appeared in a campaign for hair brand Clairol in July 2020, the same month the beauty show’s second season concluded, leaving her bosses at the Beeb unimpressed.
Let’s get cooking! It will be a second chance for Stacey, who was reportedly let go from Glow Up gig after BBC bosses discovered she broke broadcaster’s rules by starring in a beauty ad
The broadcaster has strict advertising rules, which ban their TV talent from trading-off their on-screen personas by imitating or suggesting references to BBC content.
A source told The Sun at the time: ‘Stacey might have made it sound like she was stepping away from the series of her own volition, but in reality she was not asked to stay because the BBC were furious about Clairol.
‘They are sick of people using their platform to go off and earn private money.
‘It was a tricky situation as she does other things for the BBC, but they decided she would lose her Glow Up contract.’
In January 2021, Maya Jama was confirmed as the new host set to takeover in series three.
Pictured: In 2019 Stacey landed the hosting gig for BBC Three competition series Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star (pictured with judges Dom Skinner, Stacey Dooley, Val Garland)
Meanwhile, Stacey previously joked she would be too old to star on BBC Three now, telling The Mirror: ‘I’m hanging on for dear life. BBC Three is for 16-34s and I’m 35 in March.’
‘I’m madly in love with Big Zuu. You should watch Hungry For It… it’s fresh,’ she added.
The presenter found a new legion of fans when she was crowned champion of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2018, competing alongside Kevin Clifton, who is ow her boyfriend.
Replacement: In January 2021, Maya Jama was named as the new host of BBC Three’s Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make Up Star
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