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Rosie Jones launches new TV game show

Rosie Jones with her hands in the air in the out of order studio

Rosie Jones is back on our screens tonight, Monday 26th February, hosting her brand new comedy gameshow Out of Order on Comedy Central.

The quiz sees team captains Judi Love and Katherine Ryan battle it out as they battle it out to become the best at judging others.

‘Who sends the most messages to their mum?’, ‘Who’s had the most one-night stands?’ and ‘Who’s ghosted the most people?’ are just some of the questions teams will have to answer  by putting members of the public, known as Rosie’s Regulars, in order from least to most.

But it all changes in the final round when the tables are turned when one of Rosie’s Regulars has to judge the celebrities.

Jones  said: ‘I am over the bloody moon to have the stone cold legends that are Judi and Katherine join our ever-so-slightly-dysfunctional Out of Order family as team captains (I’m the daddy, obvs). I can’t tell you how much fun we all had recording this series, which is packed full of silliness, properly wild discoveries and spectacular guests. I feel incredibly proud to be the host of a show that really is for everyone and so pleased it’s with the team at Comedy Central, who gave me my first ever comedy series. It’s good to be home!’

Team captain Judi Love said: ‘Being a team captain on Out of Order is so much fun. I laughed so hard with Rosie, Katherine and our unique line up of guests. And let’s just say guessing or some might say judging our regulars gave us many moments of unbelievable surprises!’

Jones, Love and Ryan first met backstage playing a Comic Relief show in 2019, now five years on and a proper friendship formed they are about to host the brand new gameshow.

Love told The Guardian: “You build a relationship with them which was nice because the show does touch on stereotypes and perceptions, but with fun and laughter.”

Ryan said:  “I definitely am not as good a judge as I thought I was. People really surprised me and I learned not to make snap judgments, because most of mine were wrong.”

Jones was quick to point out that her Regulars made up of everyday people are the ones who bring the show to life.

“They make it,” she told the publication. “That’s what I’m so proud of, that we got the range of the UK bottled up, people from different backgrounds, different places, just coming and having fun.”

Ryan is well aware of the online abuse Jones receives on social media, just because she has cerebral palsy.

The Canadian comedian said: “I didn’t realise what that abuse was like until I was tagged on loads of things with you [on social media].”

Asked about how she deals with the offensive comments, Jones replied: “I’d be lying if I said it didn’t upset me, but luckily I am surrounded by such a strong network of brilliant friends, family, colleagues who support me. Do I need a thick skin? Yes, I bloody do. But I’m able to switch it off, I don’t look at social media when I’m on TV and I focus on the positives – on the people coming up to me saying: ‘I’ve never seen disability portrayed like you do,’ or if they are disabled, coming up to me and saying: ‘Thank you for making us feel seen and worthy and valid.’”

Was she concerned that her disability and sexuality would overshadow the fact that she is just a really great comedian when being announced as the host?

“I never wanted people to go: ‘Great, we’ve got a gay, disabled woman hosting, now let’s pat ourselves on the back and fill it with straight white men,’ Jones explained.

“I wanted to see that diversity throughout – the production team, the regulars, the guests – because I fundamentally believe we make a better show if we have loads of different voices.”

Jones has witnessed first hand how some TV sets lack accessible facilities, she has ensured the Out Of Order studio is easy to navigate around for someone with a physical disability.

The production team was happy to meet the hosts needs and requirements, knowing all too well how stressful it can be working in a studio.

Jones said: “Out of Order was long studio days but when I said I can only do two days in a row, they listened to that and adapted it. I’m now established, though. Would [TV companies] have the money and means to do that for a newer comedian? It’s a problem in general – we are people having to navigate a world that isn’t set up for us. I spend a lot of my time and energy fitting into a non-disabled world, and over time that is so exhausting.”

During the Guardian interview Jones was asked what it would have meant to her watching a disabled person on TV.

“Everything,” she replied. “If I’d seen not only a physically disabled woman, but a person who was happy and comfortable and proud to be in the body she’s in, that would have meant the world, and would have given me confidence, not only in my ambitions and aspirations for my career, but in my personal life as well. If one person can watch me and go: ‘If Rosie can do it, if she can be whoever she wants to be, I can.’ That makes all the abuse worth it.”

[ Out Of Order is on Comedy Central, Mondays, at 9pm ]

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