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Tuesday, 5 September, 2000, 13:04 GMT 14:04 UK
Breakfast star Vaughan's back agony
Johnny Vaughan and Kelly Brook
Vaughan with former co-host Kelly Brook
Big Breakfast presenter Johnny Vaughan was forced to pull out of Tuesday's show after wrenching his back minutes before he was due to go on air.

The 34-year-old star was left in agony after the incident, which happened while he was in make-up.

As a result, co-host Lisa Rodgers had to present the Channel 4 programme on her own.

Producers were planning to go live to Vaughan as he lay flat out but decided against it.

The presenter, who is believed to have pulled a muscle, will definitely miss Wednesday's show and could be off for the rest of the week.

Denise Van Outen
Denise Van Outen will resume her partnership with Vaughan next week

A Big Breakfast spokesman said: "Johnny is a real trooper and a pro and it would take something very painful to lay him low.

"He moved and something happened. He was told he shouldn't move for an hour and he was laid out in an upstairs room.

Out of the blue

"It came right out of the blue and he was in agony."

The spokesman added: "On live television there wasn't much that could be done so Lisa had to step in and do it all on her own."

Rodgers told viewers she was hoping Vaughan would be carrying the show as she had been out partying the night before at the TV Quick awards in London.

She joked: "All I have to do is wear a push-up bra, lip gloss and smile a lot."

Rodgers, who also hosts the Friday night Channel 4 show Frontal, has been standing in on The Big Breakfast until viewers' favourite Denise Van Outen returns to resume her partnership with Vaughan next week.

The pair will stay until early next year, when Vaughan's contract runs out. Van Outen's decision to return for a brief stint was prompted by the departure of Lisa Tarbuck last month.

The show's roving reporter Richard Bacon will stand in for Vaughan while he recovers from his back problem.

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