After Deayton’s sacking, Boris was one of a number of people recruited to introduce the show, and during his first attempt at keeping order and mastering the autocue, he promised Paul Merton a coconut instead of a point. Boris then retracted the offer but Merton insisted on having a coconut. At the end of the show, a stage hand rushed in with a bag of them, giving Boris a chance to say, “Coconuts, from the party that keeps its promises!” He also said that the chances of him becoming leader of the Conservative Party were about as likely as “being locked in a disused fridge”. Paul Merton cheerily told him, “these things do happen.”

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