Keith Lemon saw Laura Whitmore in Celebrity Juice audience years ago

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Keith Lemon has revealed that he spotted Laura Whitmore years before replacing Holly Willoughby on Celebrity Juice, when she was making her audience debut.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline ahead of the long-awaited new series, the presenter, 45, hinted that the Love Island host, 35, had come full circle after being stunned to see her sitting in the audience during the filming.

Laura and former Inbetweeners actress Emily Atack, 30, are set to debut as the new Celebrity Juice team captains when the new series debuts Thursday, after Holly announced she would be leaving the series in May. .

EXCLUSIVE: Keith Lemon revealed he spotted Laura Whitmore years before replacing Holly Willoughby on Celebrity Juice, as she was making her public debut

Keith told MailOnline: “I remember Whitmore many years ago as celebrity juice audience and then I saw her and said ‘what are you doing here’, and she said ‘ I came to watch ”and I said“ you were sitting in the audience ”. “

The writer, real name Leigh Francis, added that his longtime friends Laura and Emily were his top picks to become Celebrity Juice’s new team captains, and he lobbied bosses to qu ‘they get the job.

He said: “It was my first picks, I was in a Zoom meeting and everyone was saying names and I just stayed silent thinking ‘they might think of a name that I didn’t think of. . “

“So I already drew a picture of the three of us together and they said ‘what do you think? “

Prediction: The host hinted that the Love Island host had come full circle after being stunned to see her sitting in the audience during filming years earlier (pictured with Emily Atack)

Prediction: The host hinted that the Love Island host had come full circle after being stunned to see her sitting in the audience during filming years earlier (pictured with Emily Atack)

Revamp: Emily and Laura take over from Holly Willoughby, who left Celebrity Juice in May after 12 years on the show (pictured with Keith and Fearne Cotton in 2012)

Revamp: Emily and Laura take over from Holly Willoughby, who left Celebrity Juice in May after 12 years on the show (pictured with Keith and Fearne Cotton in 2012)

“And I just lifted it up and said that’s what I think I can’t tell nobody else, and they said ‘let’s go and think about it’, then we have spoke to the channel and they said “yes we’re going to go get Whitmore and Atack” and I said “good because I already told them! “

Keith added: “I told them both, look we had a meeting, there are a lot of names that your names were mentioned on, and I just wanted to know how willing you would be to do it. , and Whitmore said “I” d be honored. “

“And I knew Atack wanted it because when she got out of the jungle she came over to our house and said, ‘I want Holly’s job! And I said “well, you don’t understand while Holly’s still here,” because she was rumored before taking Fearne’s seat. “

As always, the new Celebrity Juice series will feature a slew of stars participating in a range of games, including TOWIE’s Maya Jama, Marvin Humes and Gemma Collins, although it has seen a small audience and social distancing in due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Coming soon: The writer, real name Leigh Francis, added that his longtime friends Laura and Emily were his top picks to be the new Celebrity Juice team captains.

Coming soon: The writer, real name Leigh Francis, added that his longtime friends Laura and Emily were his top picks to be the new Celebrity Juice team captains.

Keith admitted that Kylie Minogue remained at the top of his dream guest list he wanted to appear on the show, but she repeatedly turned him down.

When asked if he’s worried the show is going too far in its risky behavior, Keith admitted that he thinks the show’s “silly” nature keeps him from taking a step too far.

He said: “Either way, I don’t approach anything mischievously anyway and I think Juice is sometimes so rude it’s like a Tom and Jerry cartoon, how violent it was, he just hit a cat on the head with an iron and stuff!

And I think well Juice is kind of like that, especially back in the days when Fearne and I would say nasty things to each other, we would laugh! Yeah, everything is silly Juice so not really and then they have a meeting right after, they walk into a lawyer right after.

Sensational: Keith added Laura said she would be 'honored' to host the show, having been invited to the panel several times

Sensational: Keith added that Laura had said she would be ‘honored’ to host the show, having been invited to the panel several times

Emily and Laura both stared as guest stars on the popular show, but the upcoming series will mark the first time they face off against their star teams.

The latest series, which aired April through May, was directed by broadcaster Holly and Mel B, 45, of the Spice Girls.

Kelly Brook, Gino D’Acampo and Paddy McGuinness have also been team captains in the past.

Celebrity Juice begins Thursday, October 22 at 10 p.m. on ITV2.

Back soon: Celebrity Juice begins Thursday, October 22 at 10 p.m. on ITV2

Back soon: Celebrity Juice begins Thursday, October 22 at 10 p.m. on ITV2

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