Harry Hill Burps no more! Comedian ‘quits hit TV show after nine years’

Harry Hill has quit hit hit TV show Harry Hill’s TV Burp, it has been reported.

The 46-year-old comedian is said to have left ITV bosses in turmoil after deciding to leave the programme after a successful nine-year run hosting the series.  Father-of-three Harry is thought to have turned down a huge £1million pay rise, which would have increased his pay to a staggering £4million.

A ITV source told The Sun: ‘Harry kept telling people how much he hated doing it but they thought he was joking. He wasn’t.’  Hill spoke earlier this year about TV Burp and joked that having to produce so many shows had left him suicidal.

He said: ‘It is a drag. One year I did 21 shows – most series are only eight. At the end of it I was completely mental.’
In an interview this month, Hill admitted he was getting fed up of having to watch so much television in preparation for the programme – which pokes fun at various shows.

Asked how much television he watches, Hill replied: ‘I watch it all day and all night.  ‘Sometimes I have meetings, one day or I’ll record a show but if I’m not doing either of those two things then I’m watching TV.  ‘I mean, it’s a very rigorous process and you have to put in the hours – that’s the only way you can make a good show. But it’s a brain fryer – it’s like an experiment.’

As well as winning two BAFTA awards in 2008 for Best Entertainment Performance and Best Entertainment Programme, Hill took home his third BAFTA for the programme in 2009.

Hill is now said to be planning to concentrate on writing jokes for Simon Cowell’s reported X Factor musical.

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