Great Britain

Nick Knowles facing sack from DIY SOS after filming Shreddies advert

TV star Nick Knowles faces the axe from DIY SOS after 21 years in a row over a cereal advert.

Nick, 58, plays a builder in the Shreddies commercial, which sources say breaches BBC rules.

He is in “absolute torment” at the prospect of losing his 21-year presenting gig on DIY SOS over a cereal ad. In his lucrative TV commercial for Shreddies, Nick plays a builder helping a family — as he does on his long-running BBC show.

Corporation bosses say it breaches its advertising rules. Last month, he was told in a Zoom meeting with execs he had to get it pulled or quit DIY SOS.

A source said: “Nick is in absolute torment about the whole situation because he loves the Beeb.

“But they have very strict guidelines when it comes to their talent and advertising and he has already broken them by filming the ads. But Shreddies don’t want to pull the campaign.

“While Nick is technically a free agent, he appears to have used his connection to DIY SOS in the advert which is totally out of order in the eyes of the BBC.

“Nick has basically been handed an ultimatum and the decision may already be out of his hands.”

'Seeking a solution'

The 30-second ad, where he calls himself “Nick get it done Knowles”, first aired in February.

It is regularly shown on telly and has been viewed online more than two million times.

Nick hosted DIY SOS from the start in 1999 and it quickly became a hit.

Each episode sees a team of builders and volunteers transform a home for a ­person nominated by their friends and family.

Last year, he and the team raised almost £1million for Children In Need with their Big Build.

Nick previously admitted the show regularly left him in tears.

He said: “People ask why I’m never crying at the end like everyone else. In fact I do, just away from the cameras.

"I don’t think that moment should be about me.”

A joint statement from the Beeb and the star said last night: “Both the BBC and Nick are keen to resolve this matter and are working together to seek a solution.”

Nick Knowles admits breaking down in tears in service station car parks after filming emotional DIY SOS scenes

Football news:

Smertin recalls Euro 2004: he almost fought in the joints, defended against the young Cristiano and understood the excitement of the Bridge
Gareth Southgate: We shouldn't be football snobs. In matches with top teams, diversity is important
Leonid Slutsky: I am still sure that the Finnish national team is the outsider of our group. They were very lucky against Denmark
I'm not a racist! Arnautovic apologized for insulting the players of the national team of North Macedonia
Gary Lineker: Mbappe is a world-class star, he will replace Ronaldo, but not Messi. Leo does things that others are not capable of
The Spanish fan has been going to the matches of the national team since 1979. He came to the Euro with the famous drum (he could have lost it during the lockdown)
Ronaldo removed the sponsored Coca-Cola at a press conference. Cristiano is strongly against sugar - does not even advertise it