HE’S spent ten long years at the helm of the National Television Awards but now Dermot O’Leary has decided enough is enough.
The X Factor host announced yesterday he is packing in the gig, having toyed with the idea for the past six months.
Dermot said: ‘It’s been a tough decision because we have had a ball over the last decade, but ten years feels about right’[/caption]
I’m told he will be replaced by a temporary host in 2020 — the awards’ 25th anniversary — before bosses decide who will take the job long-term.
Dermot said: “It’s been a tough decision because we have had a ball over the last decade, but ten years feels about right.
“I would like to thank Indigo Television and my ITV family for a brilliant ten years and look forward to proudly passing on the baton in 2020 . . . and a holiday in January.” An ITV spokesman said yesterday: “ITV and Indigo Television thank Dermot for a decade at the helm of the National Television Awards.
“He’s a brilliant presenter and one of the best live event hosts in the business.
Rylan Clark-Neal could be the next host of the NTAs[/caption]
“As a highly valued member of the ITV family we respect his decision and we look forward to continuing working with him.”
I’d heard rumblings that Dermot thought his time was up as early as last year but organisers say he only told them this week that he had come to a decision. According to bookmakers William Hill, current favourites to replace him in the full-time role include John Barrowman, Rylan Clark-Neal and Phillip Schofield.
Phillip Schofield could be a perfect replacement for the popular O’Leary[/caption]
They would become the fourth permanent host of the awards, after Eamonn Holmes, who fronted the first show back in 1995, and Sir Trevor McDonald, who did the honours for 13 years between 1996 and 2008.
Just like with every award at the ceremony, they will probably just end up giving it to Ant and Dec.
John Barrowman’s name has also been thrown in the hat for the next full-time presenter role[/caption]
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Aha! Alan’s Susanna Mk2
AT a quick glance, you would be excused for mistaking Alan Partridge’s glamorous new co-host, on his upcoming series, for Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid.
And that’s not surprising – Susannah Fielding says she based her performance on the morning telly presenter.
Susannah, who plays co-host Jennie Gresham alongside Steve Coogan’s character in new BBC1 series This Time With Alan Partridge, said her research involved watching lots of GMB.
She said: “There are quite a lot of similar characters on TV.
“I did study quite a lot of Susanna Reid. Straight-faced and indignant.
“For the audition, I did quite a lot of research and there are a lot of people desperately trying to not let on how disappointed they are with their partner on screen. Quite a few. That was helpful.”
The genuine Susanna Reid[/caption]
Susanna famously enjoys a feisty relationship with GMB co-host Piers Morgan.
The new comedy series, which I’ve seen the first two episodes of, is clearly based more on The One Show than Good Morning Britain.
Bits are genuinely funny, but at times I found myself saying the punchlines before Coogan even got close. I’m sure Steve found it hilarious to write and act in, but I’m not sure everyone watching will find it as fun.
C5’S DATE WITH MR NO MARKS
THE past two series of The Bachelor featured a pair of well-known stars – rugby bad boy GAVIN HENSON and now-retired shagger SPENCER MATTHEWS.
But oddly, Channel 5 has revived the show and given the starring role to a random bloke called Alex Marks, who can only be identified by his dental records.
Viewers seeking a familiar face will be pleased to see MARK WRIGHT hosting the new series later this year.
Over ten episodes, the Towie geezer will join Alex in South Africa as 17 ladies compete for his affections.
Don’t worry MICHELLE KEEGAN – the women all know Mark is off limits.
Sitcom axe is a joke, says John
AS a leading star of Only Fools And Horses and Benidorm, he’s had viewers in stitches for almost four decades.
But John Challis says ITV’s shock decision to axe all its sitcoms is no laughing matter.
John Challis, pictured here with ‘Marlene’ from Only Fools and Horses, says ITV’s shock decision to axe all its sitcoms is no laughing matter[/caption]
Kevin Lygo, ITV’s director of television, announced last week that Birds Of A Feather and Jack Dee’s Bad Move would follow in the footsteps of comedy drama Benidorm in getting the chop.
John – whose character Boycie was wed to Marlene in Only Fools – thinks it’s a scandalous step the channel will come to regret.
He said: “I don’t understand this attitude towards comedy. What other comedy has ITV got at the moment that is so popular?
Comedy fans have already lost the likes of Benidorm[/caption]
“It’s what people want. They just want to relax, especially in these difficult times – they just want to relax and let it wash over them and have a good laugh.
“I don’t know who these people are who are making these decisions but from where I am – I do a one-man show all over and I go to conventions – all I hear is people who want that sort of comedy.
“They want something they can switch on and think, ‘Oh, this’ll be fun’.”
Kevin said he was ditching the last of ITV’s scripted comedies, claiming viewers could get their laughs from Coronation Street.
But given how dark the soap has been over the past couple of years, new boss Iain MacLeod will have his work cut out making fans split their sides again.
QUITTING booze last summer has done wonders for Alan Carr’s marriage to hubby Paul Drayton, as he reveals they no longer have rows.
Alan says: “There’s not one bottle of alcohol in our house and we’ve been arguing a lot less.
“It’s good to give your liver a break. Paul really appreciated it and I’m now one of those people I used to hate. It’s a whole new experience for me and I’m supporting him.”
Now that’s commitment.
IN EMMERDALE Ellis plans a surprise for Victoria, Laurel is grateful for Doug’s help and Dan and Kerry face their eviction.
Elsewhere, Ellis and Billy’s confrontation escalates, Nicola’s luck gets worse and Ryan bonds with Dawn.
In EASTENDERS, Jack helps Mel and Hunter as they prepare to flee Walford, but the teenager is less than impressed by what he sees as the ex-cop’s meddling.
Meanwhile, Max’s romantic night with Rainie is interrupted when his brother asks him to babysit.
The Slaters are out celebrating Valentine’s Day at the E20, giving Martin the chance to plan something romantic for Stacey.