Scarlett Moffatt has opened up on the reasons behind her not returning to the current series of Iain Stirling's CelebAbility.

Scarlett’s unlucky streak continued this month as she was been replaced on the ITV2 comedy game show by Stacey Solomon.

She landed the gig last April, and made an announcement on Instagram at the time which said: "I'm so so excited … can't wait to get started today and to meet my team and just to have loads of fun".

She's been ousted as team caption in favour of Stacey Solomon, who Scarlett had initially replaced, but is returning to the show opposite her boyfriend Joe Swash.

This is one of several times unlucky Scarlett, 30, has been axed from a TV hosting gig, and she took to her Instagram afterwards to insist it was her choice.


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The lovable TV star insisted she couldn’t do to the show because of commitments to panto while it was being filmed.

Speaking to OK!, the Geordie revealed: “When I didn’t carry on with my place on CelebAbility, it was because I was doing panto.

“I’ve felt that the stories about me are taking the focus away from my friend Stacey and I don’t want that.

“I’ve spoken to Iain Stirling and I know Stacey’s going to be amazing.

“This is about her, not me, so everyone needs to let her shine.”

“I’m over the moon for Stacey,” she gushed. “She’s perfect for the role.”


Scarlett, who rose to fame on Gogglebox, has had a number of short-lived gigs on our screens over the years.

The 30-year-old hosted I'm a Celeb spin off Extra Camp, but was rumoured to have been dropped to make way for 2018 runner-up Emily Atack, who replaced her.

However, Scarlett, who recently moved in with her police officer boyfriend Scott Dobinson, was adamant she decided not to go back to Australia for filming as she wanted to spend more time with her family over Christmas.

The Mirror recently revealed that she also won't be returning to Ant And Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway when the show returns in early 2020.


This was despite co-presenting the 2018 series finale with Declan Donnelly after Ant McPartlin's drink-driving car crash.

She had called the role her "dream job" but explained that she was never on a rolling contract, and her termination was due to them changing the format of the show.

Scarlett also lasted just 13 months in her radio presenting job at Capital Breakfast on Capital North East, signing up in November 2015 and leaving the role in December 2016 – ostensibly to build on her TV work.

Later that year, Scarlett bagged her first solo hosting job as the face of the newly revived Streetmate, which had previously been presented by Davina McCall, and later by Holly Willoughby.

But the show lasted just one 15-episode series before it was quietly shelved once more.

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