Brian Dowling named as Big Brother host

Brian Dowling has been named as the new host of 'Big Brother', and will take over when the reality series re-launches with a celebrity version next month

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Brian Dowling

Brian Dowling

Brian Dowling has been named as the new host of 'Big Brother'.

The Irish star - who shot to fame after winning the show in 2001 - will take over from Davina McCall when the series re-launches on Channel 5 with 'Celebrity Big Brother' next month.

Brian - who also won 'Ultimate Big Brother' last year - said: "I will tell them, 'BB house. This is Brian. Please swear'. I'm not Davina. I'll be me.

"I am so excited. When they told me I was like, 'Oh my God! Are you sure?'

"I'm just so chuffed. It was about two months of talks and going back and forth, they told me about two weeks ago and I had to keep it a secret. But that was a good chance for me to let it sink in."

The 33-year-old presenter thinks his two appearances on the reality show will make him the perfect host.

He added to the Daily Star newspaper: "I hope my experience in the show will give me an advantage. I am just so excited about this opportunity to host one of the most talked-about shows on TV.

"I'm such a huge fan and I don't think you can get much better than presenting it. I'm going to be able to meet and interview all the contestants and see how it all works behind the scenes. I can't wait to see how it works in the Diary Room."

However, Brian could be set to give former host Davina - who presented 'Big Brother' for 10 years - a call to get some tips.

He said: "With it now being on a different channel and at a different time of year, I'm hoping I won't be compared to her too much. I might call her and ask her for some tips though. She's so impartial, supportive and loves everyone.

"She can host a massive live show and keep it together which I hope I can do too. Not everyone will like it and I will get criticised but I can't think about the negativity at the moment."

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