The Bolton-born funnyman was facing an uncertain future after his Top Gear co-host Freddie Flintoff injured himself, leaving the show suspended for the time being.
However, the ITV Take Me Out legend has bagged a new Channel 4 role.
Paddy is set to front a new show where celebrities learn to tight-rope walk on a high wire.
— Paddy McGuinness 💙 (@PaddyMcGuinness) August 19, 2023
The show Don’t Look Down helps six brave stars learn how to cross a distance of 1,000ft. The 50-year-old comedian’s new show will raise funds for Stand Up to Cancer.
“I’ve done all kinds of shows, but this is definitely the most nerve-racking! I’m so excited to be hosting Don’t Look Down, which is undoubtedly going to be the challenge of a lifetime for everyone involved.
“I can’t wait to get cracking and see whether I can lead the team to find the nerve to take on this ridiculously high and very difficult walk,” Paddy said, as per the Sun.
He went on, adding: “They’re not going to be in for an easy ride, but it’s all for such a brilliant cause and I hope we raise loads of money for Stand Up To Cancer.”
Paddy – who also stars in Tempting Fortune for the broadcaster – added: “I’m now off to practice on the washing line.”
The Governor. RIP Michael Parkinson. pic.twitter.com/liYzZCDlVu
— Paddy McGuinness 💙 (@PaddyMcGuinness) August 17, 2023
It comes after the 50-year-old had I Can See Your Voice and Catchpoint axed by the BBC. “Casting producers are currently looking for some big names to take on the nail-biting challenge, but it’s not for the faint-hearted,” said a source to the Sun newspaper.
They added: “It’s going to really push the boundaries of what has been done before.”
The five-part series, produced by South Shore, will film them attending a summer camp in the Austrian Alps, tutored by the world’s experts in high-wire walking.
Paddy also hosts A Question of Sport for the Beeb and shot to fame on Channel 4 in the early-to-mid-2000s with Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy’s Road to Nowhere.