BBC viewers were left in the mood as a new celebrity presenter “completely ruined” a wildlife show.
Comedian Lee Mack was brought in to replace Bob Mortimer on the latest episode of Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing after the original host fell ill with shingles.
But viewers questioned the BBC’s decision when Lee revealed he is vegan and therefore doesn’t fish.
Paul Whitehouse was ready to show the newcomer the ropes when Lee informed him that it was against his moral beliefs to fish.
He said: “That’s the thing, that’s what I was worried about when Bob asked me to come. I don’t fish.”
“And when I say I don’t fish, I don’t mean I can’t fish. ‘Teach me, grasshopper’, that’s not what I mean. I mean, I won’t fish because I’m vegan.” “
When Paul asked if Bob was aware of this when he chose Lee as a replacement, he admitted that he didn’t tell Bob he was vegan as he thought it would upset the comedian.
Lee was instead equipped with a magnetic fishing rod and the pair continued the show, but viewers were less than impressed.
One person criticized the decision, saying: “Sorry but Lee Mack on Gone Fishing didn’t work for me, there was hardly any fishing because LM was vegan and it wasn’t funny.”
“Should have just let Whitehouse and Ted do the episode alone with Bob on Facetime.”
Another loyal fan protested that the show should have simply taken a break until Bob was well enough to resume his role as host.
They wrote: “I turned off Gone Fishing. Lee Mack shouldn’t have continued if he’s vegan and refuses to fish. He’s just annoying with his “fishing” magnet.
“To be honest, they would have rather missed an episode than replace Bob. Get well soon, Bob. We are waiting for you.”
However, some observers saw the funny side of the situation.
One wrote on social media: “Honestly Lee Mack’s metal fishing was hilarious.”
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