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22 October 2020 22:41

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Keith Lemon reveals how he almost left Celebrity Juice, as he talks about the new “chapter” with Emily Atack and Laura Whitmore

TV star Emily Atack is known for making viewers laugh out loud – and she certainly does that on her first episode as a new team captain on Celebrity Juice. In our exclusive teaser clip from the brand new ITV2 series, the show's host, funnyman Keith Lemon, challenges Emily to balance on a giant inflatable ball to win points for her team. As the 30 year old accepts, she's cheered on by her teammates actor Will Mellor and singer Tom Grennan, as well as rival team captain Laura Whitmore and her contestants, comedian Jimmy Carr and new Strictly Come Dancing star Clara Amfo. And it seems like Emily is having the time of her life on the show after she and Love Island host Laura replaced long-running team captain Holly Willoughby. He's just wrapped filming for his ITV2 show Shopping with Keith Lemon, and he's now buzzing for the 24th series of Celebrity Juice.

The ITV2 panel gameshow has been on air for 12 years now, so it's nothing new to the comedian – played by Leigh Francis – however, things will be slightly different this time round, as Keith will be joined by two new team captains. This year will see Love Island presenter Laura Whitmore and I'm A Celebrity… star Emily Atack take the reins, as they embark on what Keith is calling the new "chapter" of Celebrity Juice. Unlike his previous team captains, Keith says Whitmore and Atack aren't "competitive" with one another, but when it comes to him, Emily could drink him under the table. As well as being able to hold down more pints than the host, it seems Atack was also ahead of Keith when it came to her new job role. Things still could have turned out differently though, with Keith admitting he did think of departing after Ferne and Holly – who were both on the original panel from when the show first aired in 2008 – left the series.

"I did say in the past when Holly and Ferne left I'd leave," he says, before explaining: "But I have so much of a good time filming it so I can't leave unless one day I woke up and was like "I'm bored of it!" Although Keith is looking forward to Celeb Juice's future with his two new captains, there's no denying it was sad to see the last of Ferne and Holly. Holly just wanted to spend more time with her family because she's super busy and she said she'd come on as a guest though," he says, before adding: "She said it feels like she's splitting up with her boyfriend. While we're not entirely sure if that's exactly how events played out, Keith feels certain Atack and Whitmore will refresh the series, similar to former captain Gino D'Acampo, who is now the host of Family Fortunes. New Celebrity Juice sees Laura Whitmore scold Emily Atack as she and Tom Grennan flirt up a storm. The upcoming new series will see Laura and Emily's debut as new team captains, with host Keith Lemon immediately trying to set up Emily and singer Tom. The first episode features host Keith, captains Emily and Laura, Tom, Will Mellor, Clara Amfo and Jimmy Carr.

Keith Lemon has revealed that he spotted Laura Whitmore years before she replaced Holly Willoughby on Celebrity Juice, as she actually made her debut in the audience. Speaking exclusively to MailOnline ahead of the long-awaited new series, the presenter, 45, implied the Love Island host, 35, has come full circle after he was stunned to see her sat in the audience during filming. Laura and former Inbetweeners actress Emily Atack, 30, are set to debut as Celebrity Juice's new team captains when the new series begins on Thursday, after Holly announced she'd quit the show in May. EXCLUSIVE: Keith Lemon has revealed that he spotted Laura Whitmore years before she replaced Holly Willoughby on Celebrity Juice, as she actually made her debut in the audience Keith told MailOnline: 'I can remember Whitmore many many years ago as in the audience of Celebrity Juice and then I saw her and said ''what are you doing here,'' and she said ''I came to watch'' and I said ''you've been sat in the audience''.' The writer, real name Leigh Francis, added that longtime friends Laura and Emily were his first choices to be Celebrity Juice's new team captains, and he lobbied with bosses for them to land the job. Prediction: The presenter implied the Love Island host has come full circle after he was stunned to see her sat in the audience during filming years earlier (pictured with Emily Atack) Revamp: Emily and Laura are taking over from Holly Willoughby, who quit Celebrity Juice in May after 12 years on the show (pictured with Keith and Fearne Cotton in 2012) Coming soon: The writer, real name Leigh Francis, added that longtime friends Laura and Emily were his first choices to be Celebrity Juice's new team captains 'And I think well Juice is a bit like that, especially back in the day when Fearne and I would say nasty things to each other we would start laughing! Sensational: Keith added that Laura said she'd be 'honoured' to host the show, having been a guest on the panel many times Emily and Laura have both starred as guests on the much-loved show, but the upcoming series will mark the first time they will battle it out with their star-studded teams.

Celebrity Juice returns to ITV2 this week (Thursday October 22 2020) for its 24th series, with two new team captains. Keith Lemon returns to host another season of the outrageous game show, joined by Laura Whitmore and Emily Atack. Here's everything you need to know about Celebrity Juice team captains and series 24. Keith Lemon returns to host the 24th series of Celebrity Juice (Credit: ITV2) Read more: Holly Willoughby quit Celebrity Juice because she grew up, says Keith Lemon Comedienne and actress Emily Atack is the new team captain on Celebrity Juice. The daughter of actress Kate Robbins and musician Keith Atack, Emily was confirmed as a team captain on Celebrity Juice in September.

She said then: "Every time I've been on Juice in the past I've had such a good time, and now I'm doing it with two of my best mates and I'm a ruddy team captain!!! Emily Atack is thrilled to be joining Celebrity Juice on ITV2 as a team captain (Credit: ITV2) In September 2020, she started filming Celebrity Juice as new team captain. Laura Whitmore joins the team on Celebrity Juice as captain, alongside Emily Atack (Credit: ITV2) Why did Holly Willoughby leave Celebrity Juice? This Morning presenter Holly confirmed she was quitting the series after 12 years as a captain. The original line-up for Celebrity Juice included Holly Willoughby, Fearne Cotton, Rufus Hound and Keith Lemon (Credit: ITV2) Original team captain Fearne Cotton announced she was quitting the show after 10 years. Celebrity Juice returns on ITV2 at 9pm on Thursday October 22 2020.