JAKE HUMPHREY has responded after it was announced that Lynsey Hipgrave would be replacing him as BT Sport’s main anchor on Premier League coverage.
Reports suggested that the 43-year-old was axed from the role that he had held since the channel’s inception in 2013.
But Humphrey has since denied that he was given the boot.
A fan wrote to him, tweeting: “Going to miss u Jake! Still doing Ucl right?”
To which Humphrey replied: “Yes. Ignore the misleading nonsense headlines.
“I spoke to BT about being too busy and we agreed I’d host less PL games.
“I’ll still host some, but one of my favourite people @lynseyhipgrave1 gets to lead the coverage and I couldn’t be happier for her.”
Hipgrave, 42, had previously confirmed the news on her own social media, writing: “After a weekend of dreams coming true for women in football the dreams of a football mad Geordie lass have also come true…
“I couldn’t be any prouder to be leading @btsport’s Premier League coverage this season.
“We KO with Fulham v Liverpool on Saturday at 11.30am @btsport 1.”
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Humphrey was one of many to congratulate Hipgrave on her new gig, replying: “You’re going to be amazing Lynsey. So delighted for you. Please just let me back for the odd game.”
Gary Lineker, who Humphrey replaced as BT Sport’s main Champions League anchor a year ago, also wrote: “Congratulations and good luck. You’ll be great.”
Humphrey’s other commitments include his High Performance Podcast.
He has also regularly hosted BT Sport’s Europa League coverage in the past, as well as anchoring the BBC’s F1 coverage prior to its move to Sky Sports.
Hipgrave has stepped in for Humphrey on BT Sport’s Premier League coverage on occasion in the past.
She has also presented Europa League coverage for the channel, in addition to matches from Ligue 1.
Hipgrave began presenting on BT Sport on 2013 and has also hosted shows for Eurosport, Discovery+, Mola Sport and talkSPORT.
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