Emma Willis replaces Brian Dowling as Big Brother host

Emma Willis is "thrilled" after being named the new 'Big Brother' and 'Celebrity Big Brother' presenter, replacing Brian Dowling

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Emma Willis

Emma Willis has been confirmed as the new 'Big Brother' presenter.

The 37-year-old star - who has hosted spin-off 'Big Brother's Bit on the Side' since 2011 - has replaced Brian Dowling as presenter of the Channel 5 reality show and the celebrity version of the programme, and admits she is "thrilled" to have been offered the role.

She 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!"

Ben Frow, Channel 5's director of programmes, thanked Brian for doing a "sterling job" since taking over as host of the show in 2011, but admitted it was the right time for Emma to take on the role after she impressed on 'Bit on the Side'.

He said: "Emma is a natural on screen, she's made the spin-off 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' and 'Celebrity Big Brother' will return to Channel 5 in the summer.

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