There were chaotic scenes at Channel 4 today when it was revealed that John McCrirrick had been replaced in 1985 by a shaved Orang-utan.
Head of channel 4 racing admitted that McCrirrick had been found dead by his wife Booby, who buried his body under the patio and stole the simian from London zoo.
"Booby shaved the orang-utan and dressed it in a suit." said the channel 4 source, "We were used to John sitting in his own filth and flicking faeces at the public so nobody was any the wiser."
Ironically, McCrirricks profile has never been higher, with successful appearances on Celebrity Big Brother and Celebrity Wife swap.
Booby finally admitted the hoax on Parkinson last night when the nations favourite pundit demanded a banana from the chat show host and shat in a kettle drum.
A spokesman for channel four said today, "We have no plans to replace the monkey as, as far as we're concerned, he's doing a bang up job."
This recent development opens the door for interspecies presenters and the BBC said last night that they were in talks with an otter about presenting Blue Peter and were planning to replace Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson with a bear.