According to The Sun, the new series of Harry Hill’s TV Burp – starting on ITV1 on Saturday – will be his last.
The 46-year-old comic has been making TV Burp since 2002 and has reportedly turned down a one-million pound pay rise.
An ITV source said of TV Burp: “Harry kept telling people how much he hated doing it, but they thought he was joking. He wasn’t.”
Harry, 46, said the Bafta-winning programme’s punishing schedule had put his personal life under too much strain, and he now plans to focus on a new project with Simon Cowell — writing gags for X Factor The Musical.
In June Harry joked that working on the show had left him ‘suicidal’, adding: “It is a drag. One year I did 21 shows — most series are only eight. At the end of it I was completely mental.”
An ITV spokesman insisted it had a ‘great relationship’ with Harry and said another series would be shown in 2012.
But a spokesman at TV Burps’ production firm Avalon said: “Harry has a lot of commitments in the next year, but a final decision has not yet been reached.”