Caption: Dara O? Briain gives blistering reaction after Andrew Neil claims Mock The Week? Worth it to be cancelled? credit: BBC/rex

Dara Ó Briain fired back after Andrew Neil appeared to support the claim that Mock The Week ‘deserve to be cancelled’, prompting a scathing response that was applauded by fans.

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that the comedy show had been expelled by the BBC, which has been on the air for 17 years.

While much of the reaction after this news was upset over its cancellation, Andrew seemed happy to see it go.

The 73-year-old posted a tweet that read: ‘Mock the Week deserves to be cancelled,’ including a link to an article written by a journalist on The Spectator with the same title, alluding to that he agrees with the work.

The article in question described the show as ‘beyond its time’, while making the blatant sexist argument that the ‘quality’ of the comedy in this series was ‘damaged’ after when the BBC announced it would no longer create all-male shows in 2014.

Mock The Week host Dara, 50, who discovered its ax while on a family vacation, reacted to Andrew’s tweet by seemingly referring to his brief tenure As president of GB News, wrote: ‘However, at least I didn’t bail it out after two weeks and will come to my house in France, eh Andrew? All the best! X.’

Dara O'Brien on Twitter

Dara didn’t hold back (Image: Twitter/@daraobriain)

A few weeks after the launch of GB News in June 2021, Andrew, then president, announced that he channel pause.

Just a few months later in September, he stepped down from his role, implying that he ‘never started creating the UK version of Fox News based in the US.

Some of Dara’s fans praised his fiery reply to Andrew, with a tweet: ‘Nice talk Dara,’ alongside a slew of clapping emojis.

Josh Widdicombe, Andy Murray, Hugh Dennis, Milton Jones, Dara O'Brien, Ellie Austin, Miles Jupp, Loyiso Gola on Mock The Week

Many fans were left devastated to watch Mock The Week premiere (Image: BBC/Angst Productions/Neil Genower)

Another commented: ‘Completely wiped out’, while another wrote: ‘Someone needs help @afneil to the nearest burn unit.’

While talking to Metro.co.ukMock The Week creator Dan Patterson reveals how he informed Dara that the show was coming to an end.

‘I called him. It’s unfortunate that he’s on vacation with his family,’ he said.

However, there may be hope for a return, as there has been ‘conversation’ about its potential future… although ‘nothing concrete’, Dan said when asked if it might be switch to another network or not.

“You just don’t know what’s going to happen because you don’t know how well the last batch is going to work, you don’t know what the facility is going to be like, things change all the time in television,” he said.

Metro.co.uk has contacted Andrew Neil’s representative for comment.

Mock The Week is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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