Jamie Oliver’s Friday Night Feast ‘cancelled for third year in a row after he struggles to secure A-list stars’
Jamie Oliver is struggling to secure A-list guests for his popular Friday Night Feast show in the wake of the pandemic, according to reports.
Jamie, 46, hosts the show alongside his best friend Jimmy Doherty, and in the past the pair have seen the likes of Kate Hudson, Salma Hayek and Susan Sarandon make their way to the quaint café on Southend Pier.
However, ‘uncertainty over international travel because of Covid has made it tough to bring in big-name guests,’ according to The Sun.
Difficulties: Jamie Oliver, 46, is struggling to secure A-list guests for his popular Friday Night Feast show in the wake of the pandemic, according to reports
A source told the paper: ‘While many shows have been able to get up and running with lockdown lifting, that’s proved trickier for Friday Night Feast.
‘They’ve got a reputation for mixing British stars with international entertainers and that’s something they want to continue. But that’s not easy with restrictions in various countries throwing a spanner in the works.’
They also revealed that Jamie and his production team are now ‘looking at 2022 before they can get all their ducks in a row,’ but insisted that Channel 4 is ‘very keen’ for the show’s return.
Since its 2014 debut, Jamie has made a new season every year, however has not shot a new season since 2019 due to the pandemic, although the celebrity chef and his team were able to make a Christmas special last year.
Big names: Jamie hosts the show alongside his best friend Jimmy Doherty, and in the past the pair have seen the likes of Susan Sarandon make their way to the quaint café on Southend Pier
It follows news that Jamie had applied for permission to modernise the servants’ quarters on the top floor of his £6million 12-bedroom mansion in Essex in June.
He wants to restore the attic at his Grade 1 listed home, Spains Hall, which dates back to 1570, and plans lodged with Braintree District Council show Jamie wants to extend the electrics, plumbing and heating to the second floor of his home so it can be used by his family.
In addition to the 12 existing bedrooms, he wants to create three bedrooms in the attic – one with an en-suite – as well as a bathroom, dressing room and cloakroom.
Home improvements: Jamie has applied for planning permission from Braintree District Council to convert the top floor of his £6m 12-bedroom Essex mansion (pictured)
His latest Channel 4 show Keep Cooking: Family Favourites was largely filmed at the house, giving viewers tantalising glimpses of its beautiful gardens.
The plans show the new attic bathroom would have ‘his and hers’ wash basins, a bath and toilet, whilst the wallpaper in all the bedrooms would be repaired and retained and replica paper made to match any repairs.
A design statement accompanying the plans says the proposed works ‘are not considered to detract from the character or special architectural interest’ of the house.
Jamie and his wife Jools share the sprawling property with their five children, Daisy Boo Pamela, 18, Petal Blossom Rainbow, 12, Buddy Bear Maurice, ten, Poppy Honey Rosie, 19, and River Rocket, four.
Family: Jools and Jamie Oliver pictured at the Portland Hospital in central London with their five children (L-R) Daisy Boo Pamela, Petal Blossom Rainbow, Buddy Bear Maurice, Poppy Honey Rosie and then-newborn River Rocket (centre) in 2016