Axed BBC presenter Miriam O'Reilly for a spot on Strictly Come Dancing 2011?

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Former BBC presenter Miriam O'Reilly, who successfully sued the channel for sacking her because of her age, has reportedly been lined up for Strictly Come Dancing 2011. According to The People today, bosses want to offer her a spot on the show as a way of apologising to her!

The 54-year-old took the BBC to an employment tribunal for age discrimination after being replaced as host of Countryfile because show bosses wanted someone younger. Julia Bradbury, 40, went on to take over the series.

A source said today: "They gave her that gig after being hugely embarrassed about the age discrimination action and offering her Strictly would be the ultimate way to make it up to her."

The Sunday tabloid goes on to claim that Miriam is "keen to prove yet again they were wrong to sack her", adding that talks are currently at an "advanced stage" ahead of the show's return in September.

The story comes after Strictly itself was accused of ageism after controversially replacing Arlene Phillips with popstar Alesha Dixon on the panel.

Other names linked to the show include Chris Tarrant, Robbie Savage, Anita Dobson and Fern Britton.

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