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.