Dermot O'Leary eyes American Idol job

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 April 2011
Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary would be prepared to host 'American Idol' as he insists he isn't scared of his 'X Factor' boss Simon Cowell

Dermot O'Leary would be prepared to host 'American Idol'.

The 37-year-old TV presenter - who narrowly lost out on a role on Simon Cowell's rival US talent series 'The X Factor' - admitted he isn't scared of the 51-year-old music mogul, and he would consider jumping ship to his show's competition in the future.

Asked whether he would host 'American Idol', he told the Daily Star newspaper: "Yeah, I'd do it. I want to work in America. I'm not scared of Simon Cowell, we've worked together for five years now. But I'm fiercely loyal to myself first of all.

"I didn't get the US 'X Factor' job because they wanted an American. There's nothing I can do about that. I'm not upset any more. I've had time to get my head around it."

While Dermot narrowly missed out on a presenting gig in the US, he has bagged a £250,000 deal to front a new ITV series about marriage disputes, which will be a UK version of Jerry Seinfeld's 'The Marriage Ref'.

The cult show will see a celebrity panel - which is believed to include comedian Jack Dee - attempt to resolve a married couple's problems, with filming starting later this month and the first of the seven episodes screened on ITV1 later this year.

He told The Sun newspaper: "It's a great show and the kind of thing I want to present because it's not your usual show. It's something I'd watch. I'd never do a gameshow. ITV have big plans for it, so fingers crossed."

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