One Show is dieing Hard with­out Manford

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DIS­GRACED Ja­son Manford is sorely missed from

– a fact never more ap­par­ent than when stu­dio guest Bruce Wil­lis started play­ing up.

In town to pro­mote the new movie, the Hol­ly­wood le­gend was be­ing a bit of a cock.

And, really, who can blame him? Hosts Alex Jones and Matt Baker – a pair of safety-first BBC dullards with­out an orig­i­nal thought be­tween them – were try­ing to en­gage him in ban­ter about....wait for it....his trade­mark white vest.

Yeah, well done guys. I bet he has never heard that one be­fore.

So Wil­lis clammed up. He seemed bored and em­bar­rassed, ei­ther for him­self or for them.

With his lively mind and gen­uine wit, Manford could have dug them out.

At the very least, he would have punc­tured Wil­lis’ ego with a few wellaimed north­ern barbs.

But au­tocue bun­nies Jones and Baker just sank fur­ther into the mire.

Manford is a funny kind of hero – more stained boxer shorts than dirty vest – but last week we needed a guy like him.

Yippee Ki-yay, our kid.

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