KILDARE native Brian Dowling is set to be replaced as host on Channel 5’s Big Brother, according to reports.
The popular host, himself a former winner of the series, is to be replaced by Emma Willis according to The Sun.
“Brian has been a great host but Emma is seen by channel chiefs as a true successor to Davina. They're talking to her now about taking over the role from the summer," a source told the paper.
"Like Davina when she hosted the show, Emma's young, a mum of two, and very glamorous. The audience love he, and execs want to capitalise on that.
"She's thinking it over, but it's a great opportunity and she would be mad to turn it down."
It is not known how the decision will go down with long term fans of the show - Dowling won the ultimate series of the show on Channel 4 to be crowned the most popular contestant of all time.
Reports suggest he will be offered the presenting job on ‘Big Brother’s Bit on the Side’ – which would effectively see him swap roles with Willis.