Stephen Mulhern is set to relaunch Deal Or No Deal – six years after the hit game show was axed

‘The boxes are back, the banker is back!’ Stephen Mulhern is set to relaunch Deal Or No Deal – six years after the hit game show was axed

Stephen Mulhern is set to relaunch Deal Or No Deal, six years after it was axed from Channel 4, according to a new report on Friday.

The presenter, 45, is said to be hosting an ITV reboot of the hit game show which will remain ‘pretty much the same’ with the addition of Stephen making it ‘feel fresh’. 

Deal Or No Deal was previously fronted by Noel Edmonds, from its first episode in 2005 until it ended in August 2016 after 13 series’.

New host: Stephen Mulhern, 45, is 'set to relaunch Deal Or No Deal', six years after it was axed from Channel 4, according to a new report on Friday

New host: Stephen Mulhern, 45, is ‘set to relaunch Deal Or No Deal’, six years after it was axed from Channel 4, according to a new report on Friday

A source told The Mirror: ‘Deal or No Deal is such a strong format you don’t want to go fiddling with it.

‘It’s pretty much the same. The boxes are back, the banker is back and the 22 players.

‘The only difference is Stephen, which gives it a fresh feel.’

Stephen Mulhern’s representatives declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline. ITV has also been contacted.  

Throwback: Deal Or No Deal was previously fronted by Noel Edmonds, from its first episode in 2005 until it ended in August 2016 after 13 series' (Noel pictured in 2005)

Throwback: Deal Or No Deal was previously fronted by Noel Edmonds, from its first episode in 2005 until it ended in August 2016 after 13 series’ (Noel pictured in 2005)

Previously, it was reported that the popular gameshow was being lined up to return with Stephen set to replace former host Noel.

Sources claimed there were suggestions Noel could return but in the end ITV are keen to give the show ‘a completely fresh look and feel.’ 

Insiders told The Sun last month: ‘ITV think there is still a huge appetite for it and think they could make a huge success of the show if they brought it back.

‘Plans for the reboot are in the very early stages and the details of when it could come back are being closely guarded.’

New: The presenter is said to be hosting an ITV reboot of the hit game show which will remain 'pretty much the same' with the addition of Stephen making it 'feel fresh'

New: The presenter is said to be hosting an ITV reboot of the hit game show which will remain ‘pretty much the same’ with the addition of Stephen making it ‘feel fresh’

‘Stephen has been approached about being the new host of the show which is something he is over-the-moon about.

ITV and Stephen Mulhern’s representatives declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline. 

Presenter Stephen is best known for fronting In For A Penny, as well as Catchphrase, and is a key part of ITV’s Saturday Night Takeaway team. 

Deal Or No Deal, which aired for more than a decade, initially proved a hit, but audience numbers dwindled in its final few series.

At its peak in 2006, it attracted more than three million, but towards the end of its run tended to draw around 300,000 viewers an episode. 

Beginning in 2005, Noel presented almost 3,000 episodes of the show, in which contestants win prize money by selecting from 22 red boxes worth different sums.

He handed out £40million in winnings, although just eight contestants got the £250,000 jackpot. 

Prior to its axe in 2016, Noel said in a newspaper interview: ‘I do not know if it will be recorded again – if it’s over, I have had a sensational ten years.’ 

At the time, Channel 4’s then chief creative officer Jay Hunt said: ‘I remember watching Deal Or No Deal launch and watching it grow to become a hit that captivated audiences for over a decade.

‘A lot of the credit for that must go to Noel and his exceptional presenting 

Changes: A source told The Mirror : 'Deal or No Deal is such a strong format you don¿t want to go fiddling with it. The only difference is Stephen, which gives it a fresh feel'

Changes: A source told The Mirror : ‘Deal or No Deal is such a strong format you don’t want to go fiddling with it. The only difference is Stephen, which gives it a fresh feel’

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