Nigel Farage has announced he will present a daily show on GB News after stepping back from frontline politics earlier this year.
He teased his supporters that he was making the big announcement at 5pm yesterday.
At 5pm today I will be making an announcement about a big career change. Watch this space.— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) July 17, 2021
The former Reform UK leader will host Farage at 7pm on the national news channel from Monday.
In a video announcing the news, Mr Farage said “I will not be taking the knee for anyone on this show” in reference to presenter Guto Harri, who made the gesture on air earlier this week.
It comes amid reports the channel’s director of news and programmes, John McAndrew, has stepped down and Harri has been taken off air.
Mr Farage said: “Since politics I have done a fair bit of broadcasting and broadcasting matters. It really, really does.
“It gets people to look at issues, think about issues in different ways and can be very influential.”
Mr Farage, former leader of the UK Independence Party, said he had more than three years broadcasting experience at LBC and suggested he had enjoyed “some degree of success” at the talk radio station.
“On YouTube I’ve had millions of people watching my videos and often I’ve covered stories that everybody else wants to ignore,” he added.
Earlier in the day, he said on Twitter he would be announcing a “big career change”.
In the time between his pre announcement and his big reveal a few people had some ideas what job he really should have
Farage job announcements— Russ Jones (@RussInCheshire) July 17, 2021
2009: resigning as UKIP leader
2010: becoming UKIP leader
2016: no I’m not
2016: interim leader
2019: now I’m BXP leader
2020: BXP is now Reform
2021: big career news!!! https://t.co/KJv5VcPu86
I believe Priti Patel is recruiting concentration camp guards at the moment. https://t.co/0ZoxaVbSkQ— Ian Power (@IHPower) July 17, 2021
You’re selling vitamin supplements on QVC? https://t.co/TmWXbtX6rs— nick abbot (@NIAbbot) July 17, 2021
Just fans? pic.twitter.com/H5dk80qDea— paul 💙 (@stimmo) July 17, 2021
He’s opening a white supremacist milliners called A Hat For Every Caucasian https://t.co/eFPA3VXfGX— Sanjeev Kohli (@govindajeggy) July 17, 2021
Well you’ve single-handedly trashed the fishing industry so we can rule that one out— Sam Bright (@WritesBright) July 17, 2021
Well, Little Mix are down a member. https://t.co/V1oaL4XxgC— beth & the bowl of ennuitabix (@bethwritesstuff) July 17, 2021
Truck driver or fruit/veg picker? You know, to start undoing the damage you have done to this country?— Lee A Mott (@leeamott1) July 17, 2021
If not, please make sure its abroad. The further away the better please.
will you be inserting a lit flare into your anus— Sarah Dempster (@Dempster2000) July 17, 2021
The 14th Doctor and companion in his Tardis pic.twitter.com/KNJagWN0fX— Hannah (@hannahspammer) July 18, 2021
Trainee human? https://t.co/St72sSjMwt— 🥛🇬🇧Michael Govern Ready🇬🇧🥛 (@mikegove12) July 17, 2021
You finally made head racist 👏— James Felton (@JimMFelton) July 17, 2021
Launching a swimwear range. https://t.co/eOD3Bjt8fh— Robert Hutton (@RobDotHutton) July 17, 2021
And this very rude one
Permanent flag shagger pic.twitter.com/lAWxoq7uBw— Mike 🇪🇺 💙 🌍 🌞 🎵 🎭 (@MikeBromley13) July 17, 2021