Emma Willis sought Brian's blessing
Emma Willis is thankful Brian Dowling has been a "true gentleman" over her replacing him on 'Big Brother'
Emma Willis was pleased to get Brian Dowling's blessing when she was made 'Big Brother' host.
The 37-year-old presenter was recently announced as the show's new anchor and she admits it was a relief that the former host was a "true gentleman" and said he was pleased it was her taking over the role.
Emma - who also hosts spin-off show 'Big Brother's Bit on the Side' - said: "He could've been p***ed off with me. He wasn't though, he was a true gentleman and it's been a relief how gracious he's been. He made that conversation so easy. He understands, and said if someone else had to do it, he's glad it was me.
"If the shoe was on the other foot, I wouldn't want anyone else but him either. We've been in it together from the beginning."
Although she is a huge fan of 'Big Brother', Emma - who has children Isabelle, three, and Ace, 17 months, with husband Matt Willis - admits she took a while to accept the presenter role when it was first offered.
She told Celebs on Sunday magazine: "When they called me, I was on a mini break with Matt and I just started screaming. I needed some time to think about it though. I wondered if I could do it, I knew if I took the job it meant that Brian would no longer have it, and I didn't know if I could give up 'Bit on the Side'."
That show is every night of my life for three months and I love it so much. I would do that job for free. In the end I thought 'what is wrong with you? Say yes.' "