Richard Ayoade to host The Crystal Maze
Richard Ayoade will replace Stephen Merchant as the host of 'The Crystal Maze' when new episodes air later this year
Richard Ayoade will replace Stephen Merchant as the host of 'The Crystal Maze'.
The 42-year-old comedian hosted a one-off special of the classic '90s game show in October for Channel 4's celebrity special in aid of charity fundraiser 'Stand Up to Cancer', but as the broadcaster moves to make the revival of the show into a full series, it is 39-year-old Richard who will take the helm.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "Richard has been a huge hit on Channel 4 and has really clicked with younger viewers who love his off-beat sense of humour and quirky spark.
"Show chiefs were therefore delighted to sign Richard up as 'The Crystal Maze's new host.
"They believe his eccentric style and comedic charm will be the secret ingredient to giving the vintage game show a fresher look.
"Having worked with the likes of Rebel Wilson, Jonathan Ross, and Claudia Winkleman in the past, bosses are also hoping Richard can use his connections to get some great talent on the celeb specials."
And it isn't the only hosting job for Channel 4 that the 'Gadget Man' star has his eye on either, as it was previously reported he was in talks to replace Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins on 'The Great British Bake Off', after the pair quit the show when it moved from it's spot on BBC One.
A source said at the time: "Richard is a really popular choice at the minute, as many think he's got a great character that would bring a great spark to the show.
"He's got a wonderful off-beat sense of humour, which would really fit the change of channel - and would no doubt be a popular choice with viewers too.
"It's still early days, but he is definitely up there and now the leading candidate."
Whilst no host for the new series of the popular baking show has been confirmed, 'The Crystal Maze' is expected to air new episodes with Richard later this year.