Jason Manford gets job offers from Iceland and Lidl after Tesco rejection

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 07:  Host Jason Manford on stage during The Olivier Awards 2019 with Mastercard at the Royal Albert Hall on April 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Jason Manford has been offered a job at Iceland after being turned down by Tesco.

The comedian, 38, applied for a position at Tesco amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying he was "trying to do my bit" as many stores struggled to meet increased demand from shoppers.

However, he revealed they had said no as the vacancy was closed.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23: In this screengrab, Jason Manford takes part in the BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief 'Big Night In at London on April 23, 2020 in London, England.The 'Big Night In' brings the nation an evening of unforgettable entertainment in a way we've never seen before. Raising money for and paying tribute to those on the front line fighting Covid-19 and all the unsung heroes supporting their communities. (Photo by Comic Relief/BBC Children in Need/Comic Relief via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17: Catherine Tyldesley (L) and Jason Manford at the press night performance of "Curtains: A Musical Whodunnit" at The Wyndham's Theatre on December 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
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Sharing his rejection letter on Twitter, Manford joked that he was "livid" that he hadn't managed to get the position at a Tesco in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

"I hope the better person got and enjoys the job, I'll be watching," he teased.

But the star's efforts did not go unnoticed by other supermarket chains.

Iceland have tweeted that they would love to have the celeb on board.

"Our door is always open for you @JasonManford," the supermarket said in a post.

"Help us out for the day and we'll make a donation to the NHS in your name.

"#everylittlehelps."

Lidl also had an offer for the comic, tweeting a link to their current vacancies and referencing his role in the musical Curtains by saying: "Looks like it's Curtains on your @Tesco career, Jason.

"Time to take A Different Stage, a Lidl stage."

Many of Manford's fans were impressed by his decision to apply to a supermarket to do his part in the national effort against the coronavirus, but some questioned whether it may be a joke.

However, the star set the record straight, tweeting: "For anyone else who thinks I was somehow taking the p***.

"I applied 7 weeks ago when it looked like supermarkets etc were going to need thousands of extra hands and I was recently unemployed (Curtains finished on the 16th) so wanted to feel useful."

- This article originally appeared on Yahoo!.

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