Nick Knowles will NOT be sacked over Shreddies ad after BBC save DIY SOS star

THRILLED Nick Knowles last night told how he is eager to get back to presenting DIY SOS.

BBC chiefs were on the verge of sacking the DIY legend in a row over an advert for a cereal.

But after they made an 11th hour U-turn, Nick, 58, said: “I have always said that DIY SOS is more than just a presenting job for me, it’s part of me.

“It has my heart and working for the BBC for over 22 years is something I have never taken for granted.

“I will continue filming new episodes of DIY SOS over the coming months and will be back on your screens with the purple shirts next year.”

Nick — who has fronted the hugely popular show for 21 years — landed himself in hot water with executives by playing a builder in a commercial for Shreddies.

The big money deal was at odds with Beeb rules, prompting a major dispute in which he was threatened with the axe if he did not pull out of the campaign.

His future on DIY SOS looked bleak once cereal makers Nestlé refused to scrap the ads — which were already being aired and had been paid for.

But BBC chiefs spared him after The Sun last week focused on his situation and highlighted his popularity with viewers and his charity work.

Talks among the Beeb’s most senior executives, including Director of Television Charlotte Moore, resulted in an agreement to ensure he remains.

Nick will miss just one Children In Need charity special — which is due to be recorded this summer — because it coincides with the ongoing Shreddies campaign. He will then return.

He added: “The DIY SOS Children In Need special will air in November with a guest presenter and I will be cheering them on from the sidelines.”

A joint statement said: “Both Nick and the BBC have resolved the issue recently reported relating to Nick’s commercial agreements and BBC guidelines.”

A BBC spokeswoman added: “Nick is an important member of the BBC family and we are pleased thats this matter is resolved.

“We will resume filming DIY SOS as soon as it’s safe to do so and Nick will be back on screens in 2022.”

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