Gregg Wallace’s replacement on Inside The Factory has reportedly been revealed, after it was alleged he made ‘derogatory banter’ towards female staff.
The MasterChef judge, 58, stepped back from the BBC2 show in March after claiming he wanted to spend more time with his three-year-old son.
It was later claimed his interaction at the Nestlé factory contributed to him stepping down, as he was accused of being ‘rude towards staff’ and ‘talking in a derogatory manner, especially to women’ and was alleged to have been ‘appalled’ that he had caused ‘such an offence.’
Wallace has since broken his silence on the claims, saying on Good Morning Britain last week: ‘There was an argument in Inside The Factory. The reporting isn’t accurate. There was an issue and I thought that was the perfect time to come out.
‘Offending people? No, no. If you look at the headlines you can’t see a story that matches those headlines. But there was an issue; I don’t want to discuss what the issue was.
‘But I thought it was a good time – Mum needs help with Sid at home, running around the country going to those factories – I thought it was a good time to give something up.’
It has now been revealed that his replacement will be Top Gear host Paddy McGuinness.
Broadcast claims the former Take Me Out host is ‘lined up’ for the gig, and is ‘in pole position to replace’ Wallace.
This comes after reports that two of McGuinness’s BBC shows had been pulled by the BBC.
The two series, Catchpoint and I Can See Your Voice, are reported to have not been green-lit for further seasons.
Former greengrocer Wallace had been accused of engaging in comments that were deemed inappropriate and were understood to have related to the weight of women in the facility but were not sexual in nature.
A source told The Times the staff involved shared they would not be happy participating in the show if it was to return with Wallace at the helm.
They continued: ‘[Wallace] felt that he was just trying to be friendly but no longer knew what the right thing to say was anymore and decided to leave.’
Following the initial comments, an insider from Nestle added: ‘He comes in cracking jokes but is from a very different world to our workers.’
Nestle themselves said: ‘Nestlé UK has been proud to host Inside the Factory on five occasions since the series began.
‘We have one more episode filmed . . . and would be open to participating in future episodes or similar projects.’
Wallace presented the factual programme for the last seven years with the BBC yet to confirm his replacement.
He had previously said he was stepping aside from Inside The Factory to help raise Sid, who he shares with wife Anne-Marie Sterpini, 21 years his junior.
He added that Inside The Factory involves a lot of travelling away from his family as he visits factories across the country.
Wallace continued: ‘So I’ve made a decision that I’m actually not going to do Inside The Factory any more.
‘It’s a good time to stop doing it because there’s actually 12 episodes in the can… so I wouldn’t have been filming for a while anyway so it just seemed like a good idea to stop it.’
Metro.co.uk has approached Paddy’s reps and the BBC for comment.
Inside The Factory is available to watch on BBC Two.
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