(Fwrd Axis) — This Morning presenter and former Big Brother UK housemate Alison Hammond is reportedly the frontrunner to be the host of ITV’s Big Brother reboot next year.
The Mirror is reporting Hammond is among the top contenders to host the reboot next year but fans are pushing for Rylan Clark, who hosted the spinoff Bit On The Side.
ITV announced earlier this month that long running reality show would be returning in 2023 after nearly five years off the air with with nominations, live evictions and public voting. Speaking to Mo Gilligan on his Channel 4 show The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan, Hammond did not shy away from wanting to present.
“I think so. We’ve got to put it out there to the universe. Let’s make it happen!”, she said.
Back in June, FWRD AXIS News reported that comedian Mo Gilligan was “near the top” of ITV2’s wishlist for the presenter role. The Sun previously reported Big Brother UK will launch in autumn 2023 following the summer series of Love Island as ITV sees the Big Brother brand as a companion rather than a rival.
Bosses are allegedly looking for a fresh face, wanting to be seen as a new era of the show and not a continuation of the versions on Channel 4 and Channel 5. Former show hosts Davina McCall, Emma Willis, and Rylan Clark are not expected to be a part of the reboot.
“Alison is top of the list to present next year’s Big Brother,” a source told The Mirror. “Execs think she’s exactly what the show needs. She’s energetic, fun, relatable and she was on the show, so she knows it inside out.”
Alison Hammond has built a successful television career since her appearance on Big Brother UK back in 2002. She’s become a favourite on This Morning with Dermot O’Leary and fills in for Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.
When Big Brother UK was on Channel 5, Hammond was a panelist on spinoff show Big Brother’s Bit On The Side with other alumni of the show.
Big Brother aired in the U.K. from 2000 to 2010 on Channel 4 and from 2011 to 2018 on Channel 5.