Big Brother 2013: Brian Dowling furious over axe (but he will get £100k pay off)

Brian Dowling

Axed Big Brother 2013 host Brian Dowling is reportedly furious with show bosses.

Channel 5 producers are looking to shake up the aging reality show this summer and confirmed yesterday that Brian would be replaced on the main show by current Bit On The Side presenter Emma Willis.

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.”

It was a surprise to hear after Channel 5 signed Brian to a new two year contract only last autumn.

It means he'll be give a £100,000 pay off, with a new face being brought in to front Bit On The Side.

Despite the money, Brian's not happy and a pal told The Sun newspaper today: “It goes without saying that Brian is fuming at what’s happened. This was his job and one they had contracted him to do.

“There is a new Channel 5 boss and obviously he had different ideas — but it has cost him as Brian will have to be paid.”

Big Brother will return to Channel 5 in the summer.

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