SI KING was forced to make a solo appearance on Sunday Brunch as Hairy Bikers colleague Dave Myers recovers from COVID-19.
The friends and co-stars always work as a duo, including when they make guest appearances on shows. But the two bearded chefs have been forced to separate since Dave Myers was diagnosed with the virus. Speaking on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch, half of the cooking double act Si King explained his colleague was still recovering as he updated fans on his condition.
Comedian Ross Noble was also on the cooking show, and asked Si: “Was it a rule that you can only have one Hairy Biker around at a time?”
Fellow comedian and guest Jimmy Carr chimed in to say: “Thank God, I thought it was Covid, I thought one of them had gone.”
“No, he’s still kicking but he does have Covid, which is why he’s not here,” explained the 54-year-old.
“Has this got any Covid in it?” Jimmy quipped, pointing to the dish Si had made for the guest to sample.
“Not that I’ve added, no,” the chef replied. Actress Lucy Beaumont added: “I was trying to work out which one you are, you don’t look like either of them.”
Laughing, Si replied: “How does that work?” Later, he explained that Dave was disappointed to be missing the show.
The TV presenter stated: “He would be here, he pushes through everything, but he’d get locked up if he did.”
He added that it felt “weird” to be making appearances without his co-host.
Sunday Brunch host Simon Rimmer later commented: “I’m sorry to keep going on about Dave, but cook together, and at this point I’m kind of thinking ‘where would Dave chip in’.
“Because I just did your podcast, and the thing is because they’re a great double act, it’s that whole thing where I’ve never been a guest on a podcast before and had to try and get a word in edgeways.”
It comes as the act surprised viewers on The One Show earlier this week, when Dave was unable to join Si.
The cook informed viewers that Dave was suffering from COVID-19.
He told BBC viewers: “He [Dave] has Covid. He’s getting there. I think he’s not too well but it’s not bad.
“It’s very odd to be here without him. It’s a bit odd.”
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