Matt Tebbutt reveals he hasn't seen James Martin "in years" after taking over Saturday Kitchen Live

SATURDAY Kitchen Live host Matt Tebbutt has revealed he hasn't seen old pal James Martin "in years" after he took over Saturday Kitchen.

The 47-year-old TV presenter said he was "nervous" to follow in the footsteps of James, 48, who he now no longer socialises with.

Telly chef Matt revealed that he and his predecessor never cross paths anymore, as he works on the BBC while James is on ITV.

When asked by the if he's ever seen the former host, he admitted it had been "years" since they last spoke.

"No, I havent seen him in years," he revealed, before explaining they work and socialise in different circles which no longer overlap.

"James does his thing on ITV, he's got his social circle and it just happens he doesn't cross with mine," Matt continued of their fractured relationship.

"We've all got our own little circles we mix in, but they don't cross."

Matt first appeared on the Saturday morning cooking show in 2009 where he became a stand-in presenter for James whenever he was away.

He was called in to be the show's lead presenter after the ITV chef made a swift departure in 2016 – later moving to his own show, James Martin's Saturday Morning.

Matt also discussed how he was "nervous" to take over the role and there was plenty of "trepidation" in deciding whether or not to go ahead.

"But you don't do it because you're nervous? Or you do it to the best of your ability and if people like it then great, if they don't, well so be it and if the BBC didn't like it then I wouldn't last long," he said.

"You just do it, get on with it and be yourself," Matt added of his approach to presenting the show over the past four years.

"I'm not an actor," he concluded. "A lot of people are and they can behave one way on screen and off the next, but that's not me."

Yorkshire born chef James was the face of Saturday Kitchen Live for ten years, from 2006 to 2016, before leaving the BBC.

Two years after his departure, he told Loose Women that he witnessed a man drop dead in front of him, totally changing his outlook on life.

Re-evaluating his work-life balance, James stepped back from the BBC for good before turning to the new ITV show.

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