Published On: Tue, May 5th, 2020

Coronavirus: Jason Manford turned down by Tesco after applying for job as delivery driver | Ents & Arts News

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Comedian Jason Manford has said he has been turned down for a job at Tesco after applying “to feel useful” during lockdown.

Posting on Twitter, he shared a screengrab of his rejection letter, joking that he is “absolutely livid” about his application to the supermarket being unsuccessful.

In a statement sent to Sky News, a Tesco spokesperson said it looked like Manford had missed the deadline for the vacancy – but is welcome to reapply for any future roles.

The 38-year-old said he applied for a job as a driver after becoming “recently unemployed” due to the coronavirus pandemic, getting in touch early on in the outbreak as some people were stockpiling, when “it looked like supermarkets etc were going to need thousands of extra hands”.

After another social media user joked that he would “do anything to get out of the house”, Manford replied: “Oh don’t get me wrong, my extracurricular volunteer work is a purely selfish way of having an hour to myself.”

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Manford, a former 8 Out Of 10 Cats team captain, also joked about his recent performance in the first UK series of The Masked Singer, in which he was disguised as a hedgehog and came runner-up to Girls Aloud’s Nicola Roberts earlier this year.

“Haha I could’ve done all the deliveries full out as the Steampunk Hedgehog from #TheMaskedSinger,” he replied in response to one fan.

According to the screenshot of the rejection letter he shared online, the comedian had applied to work at a Tesco Express in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

The letter said: “We appreciate your interest to work for Tesco during these unprecedented times and thank you for your application for the customer assistant – convenience.

“Regrettably we are unable to progress your application forward this time as the vacancy is now closed.”

The Tesco spokesperson said: “We’ve recruited around 50,000 temporary workers during the coronavirus pandemic and they have played a huge part in helping us to serve customers safely during these unprecedented times.

“Jason’s skills would have no doubt brought a lot of joy to our customers and colleagues, so it’s a shame he didn’t make the deadline for this vacancy. But should he ever want to join the Tesco family in the future, we’d be happy to receive an application from him.”

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