Matt Chapman: petition on Betfair forum called for his re-instatementPICTURE: Edward Whitaker
Matt Chapman returns to ATR on Monday
MATT CHAPMAN, whose absence from At The Races for the past month sparked speculation the flamboyant presenter had been suspended, will be back in front of the camera on Monday night.
Chapman is fronting the Stateside programme and will be hosting Get On both on Wednesday and Thursday.
Viewers will be interested to see whether Chapman, whose favourite TV personality is Jonathan Ross, will be less outspoken on his return to the screen although ATR bosseshave insisted he was not been the subject of disciplinary action, and has just been taking a break.
Chapman was last seen on the channel on November 12 when he made a lengthy apology to Irish conditional Keith Clarke following comments he made about his riding of the Tom Foley-trained Damien's Oscar in a maiden hurdle at Cork earlier in the month.
A petition was organised on the Betfair forum demanding his return, but Chapman, a freelance, has kept a low profilethroughout despite the rumours surrounding his future.
Speaking ahead of his unannounced return, Chapman said: "It's great to be back. It should be a cracking festive period on ATR."
ATR executive producer, Rob Dakin, said: "Matt is back on ATR tonight and is presenting Get On this Wednesday and Thursday. He will then be working for the rest of the month, and although we haven't yet issued the January rota, Matt will be on it.
"As I have said before, Matt was just taking a break from the channel, it was never going to be permanent, and he starts back today."