Dermot Murnahan has been secretly axed from BBC2 quiz show Eggheads and replaced full time with Jeremy Vine

Dermot Murnahan has been secretly axed from BBC2 quiz show Eggheads and replaced full time with Jeremy Vine

January 31, 2022

THE question “What’s happened to DERMOT MURNAGHAN?” would leave the Eggheads themselves scratching their heads.

The newscaster had fronted the long-running BBC2 quiz since its first series in 2003 — before bosses drafted in JEREMY VINE to share the hosting duties in 2008.

But Dermot hasn’t been seen on the show for months.

Now I’ve finally got to the bottom of the conundrum: Dermot has been axed.

The presenting duo agreed to split the role, with Dermot filming the first half of each series and Jeremy taking over his chair for the second part.

Yet the Sky News veteran has not been seen on screen for more than a year and I’m told he has secretly departed.

A source said: “For years, Dermot was a big part of Eggheads, then suddenly he just disappeared.

“It took a while for it to become obvious because the hosting job was split between Dermot and Jeremy.

“But it seems odd for it to have happened so quietly without anybody saying anything.

“It’s like they just pretended he had never been there.”

TV sources say bosses decided to stick with Jeremy because he was more of a “BBC face” due to his work on Radio 2 and shows such as Points Of View and Panorama.

Dermot, meanwhile, is best known for his work with Sky.

But yesterday his agent insisted Dermot left because his busy schedule meant he was unable to commit to the show, adding: “He just had too much work to cram in.”

Eggheads is filmed in Glasgow and features a regular panel of quiz experts against a team of challengers competing for a cash prize if they can beat the brainboxes.

I’ve mocked myself up as a contestant answering the question that has been troubling viewers.

There’s no doubt about the answer now.

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