Big Brother 2013: Emma Willis confirmed as new host

Brian Dowling and Emma Willis (Celebrity Big Brother)

Big Brother 2013 will see Emma Willis hosting, after Brian Dowling was axed, it's been confirmed.

According to The Sun last month, Channel 5 bosses offered his job to Emma Willis – who currently hosts spin-off Big Brother’s Bit On The Side – in a bid to recapture the ‘glamour’ and ‘buzz’ of its former presenter Davina McCall.

The newspaper’s insider said: “Brian has been a great host but Emma is seen by channel chiefs as a true successor to Davina. They’re talking to her now about taking over the role from the summer.

“Like Davina when she hosted the show, Emma’s young, a mum of two, and very glamorous. The audience love her on BBBOTS and execs want to capitalise on that."

Today Channel 5 confirmed the news in a press release.

Emma said: "I am thrilled to have been offered this job. I'm a fan first and foremost so to be able to front the show is going to be amazing. Roll on the summer!"

Channel 5's director of programmes Ben Frow said: "Emma is a natural on screen, she's made the spinoff show her own and now the time is totally right for her to step up. I know she'll take Big Brother to the next level and I can't wait to see her dealing with the housemates both famous and soon to be famous.

"I'd also like to thank Brian Dowling for doing such a sterling job over the last two years. He's been a big part of the success of the show and I wish him the very best."

Big Brother is expected to return to our screens in June with its fourteenth civilian edition.

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