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Jeremy Wells takes the throne as host of Taskmaster New Zealand

Seven Sharp’s Jeremy Wells is set to reign supreme as he takes to the throne as the all-powerful “Taskmaster” in TVNZ2’s new panel show Taskmaster New Zealand.

Jeremy Wells and Paul Williams take to the thrones in Taskmaster NZ. Source: 1 NEWS

With comedian Paul Williams by his side as his loyal assistant, the duo will test the wit, wisdom and willpower of five super-competitive comedians with a series of strange and surreal assignments.

Wells will preside over the inspired genius - or utter ineptitude of the comics - each scrapping for his fleeting and often fickle respect, praise, and points.

“I’m super excited about hosting Taskmaster NZ. I can’t wait to judge a potpourri of New Zealand’s favourite comedians, whilst being ably assisted by the dynamic, energetic enigma Paul Williams," he said.

"It’s also an opportunity to de-robe and head back into the sauna of comedy after a couple of years relaxing in the well patronised, infotainment-rich public spa of Seven Sharp.”

The Taskmaster and his sidekick will put the Kiwi comedians through a series of bizarre, hilarious and often ingenious tasks, pushing them to the limits of comic invention.

With their personal possessions up for grabs, they have everything to play for - including their dignity – when the show debuts later this year.

As the Taskmaster’s assistant, Williamsl will coax the contenders to show their creativity, cunning and competitiveness. A stand-up comedian and musician, not to mention the younger brother of Guy Williams, the Billy T Award nominee will be armed with spreadsheets and stopwatches, eager to facilitate Jeremy’s every whim.

“I might be the world's biggest Taskmaster fan, so this is a dream come true for me. I know I have little Alex Horne's gigantic shoes to fill, but I will bravely accept this Task," Williams commented

"I can't wait for New Zealand to see the show, I think they will like it a lot. If they don't, I will personally accept full responsibility and move to Perth.”

The all-star line-up of comedians featuring in the show will be announced at a later date.

Taskmaster New Zealand is being produced by Kevin & Co with support from NZ On Air.