‘Don’t know him’ Rhod Gilbert addresses if he’s spoken to Nick Knowles about DIY SOS role

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Rhod Gilbert, 52, will join the DIY SOS team for a special project that will help deliver a better quality of life to young people in Hull. But this year’s special is set to be different, as Nick Knowles, who has been a big part of the show since 1999, will not be presenting it.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Rhod has opened up on taking on the huge responsibility of leading a team of volunteers in the project.

He also discussed Nick’s reaction to him stepping in as his replacement, despite the pair not knowing each other previously.

The Work Experience presenter told us: “I’ve seen Nick has tweeted me some good luck wishes and stuff but I don’t know him, we’ve never met, but I know that he is cheering me on from the sidelines.

“I’m happy about that.

“The audiences love him, he loves the show, so I’m very aware that I’m keeping his towel warm.

“That’s what I’m doing, I’m holding the fort until he gets back.”

In a show of support, Nick took to his Twitter account, where he has garnered 159,000 followers, to wish Rhod good luck with the project.

He wrote: “I’m just missing one that they’re filming this September which is the Children in Need one.

“Rhod Gilbert has very nicely stepped in and there’s a real heart, real empathy, so I think he’ll do a great job.”

Rhod also explained the connection between Work Experience and DIY SOS, and why he may be the right suitor to replace veteran BBC host Nick.

When asked whether he feels his Work Experience portfolio prepared him for what is to come in his new role, Rhod said: “It is similar in terms of the sort of skills I need.

“I presume that’s why the BBC came to me in the first place.

“I am used to being thrown into with a bunch of strangers and very quickly fit into a team, whether it’s old people in a care home, or children in their school at any age or any background.

“I’m sort of used to that from the Work Experience series.

“It is very similar as TV shows go, it’s the same set of skills.

“You need to be thrown in amongst any kind of people and try and get the best out of them and try and engage with them. It’s very similar, I think.”

This year’s DIY SOS: The Big Build will follow Rhod and a team of experts and volunteers, as they aim to improve the wellbeing of children and young people in Hull and the surrounding areas.

The group will create a purpose built “adventure camping site” for St Michael’s Youth Project on an empty two-and-a-half acre field.

Earlier this month, Nick confirmed on This Morning that he would not be returning to the programme for the Children’s In Need special this year.

He will, however, return to front the main BBC series afterwards.

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