Iconic Love Island star ‘in talks’ for Big Brother hosting role and OMG

She said she'd be back on our screens next year...

Ekin Su shock Love Island

by Ben Pulsford |

If you're a darling millennial, perhaps all this buzz over who is going to host the upcoming reboot of Big Brother is giving you major annual X Factor judges shake-up throwbacks. No? Just us? Okay, well, to summarise - we're HYPED, and we just know whoever gets this dream telly gig will make ITV's take on the reality show LIT AF.

Unless Matt Hancock gets the gig after I'm A Celeb. Honestly, we had a dream (well, nightmare) about this last night and we're still very unsettled. As far as we're concerned, Matt's a celebrity (ish), please just stay in there... PLEASE.

Speaking of I'm A Celeb, the iconic Love Island star now rumoured to be "in talks" with ITV about the Big Brother hosting role is, of course, Olivia Attwood, and if this is true we are 💀💀💀.

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Will Olivia host Big Brother when it returns? We hope so ©Getty

The iconic reality star, who found fame on Love Island, TOWIE, and most recently, I'm A Celeb (despite being forced to leave after a matter of hours due to unspecified medical reasons), has apparently been described as a "natural fit" for the coveted Big Brother role and producers consider her a "contender".

A source told The Sun, "Olivia met with ITV2 bosses for talks to host Big Brother earlier in the Autumn. She was one of many presenters who have had meetings about the gig.

"It's one of the most sought-after jobs in the industry right now so it will be a very competitive role to get, but she wanted to throw her hat in the ring and producers definitely see her as a contender.

"She'd be a natural fit the role - she's sassy and fun, but also very straight-talking so she wouldn't be shy of giving any housemates who misbehave a grilling when they are eliminated.

“Olivia has also become a real face of ITV2, not only with Love Island but her successful documentaries, so it was no surprise bosses wanted to meet with her about the gig.”

And it seems that Big Brother producers aren't the only ones keen to see Olivia step into Davina McCall's shoes, her Love Island mate Georgia Harrison recently backed Liv for this gig of gigs, telling the publication, "Olivia would be the perfect Big Brother host. She's a natural and I know she would be up for it. I'm sure loads of TV shows want her right now.”

Olivia was recently removed from this year's I'm A Celeb due to medical reasons (which we now know had nothing to do with COVID-19 restrictions). The reality star's team took to her Instagram Story to release a statement, which read, "To say Olivia is heartbroken would be an understatement, she dreamed of doing 'I'm A Celeb' for years, and was absolutely loving every second of the show and throwing herself into jungle life feet first (just as we knew she would).

They added, "You will hear the truth from Olivia in due course and she will be back on your screens in the New Year. ✨ Ps. Who's going to roast Matt Hancock now?? 🙁".

ITV said, "As a precautionary measure, Olivia needed to leave the jungle to undergo some medical checks. Unfortunately, the medical team has advised it is not safe for Olivia to return to camp as there needs to be further investigation. She has been absolutely brilliant, and she'll be very much missed on the show."

This all comes after Alison Hammond – who found fame on Big Brother 3 back in 2002 – was quizzed on rumours that she was in the running to host the new Big Brother next year during a recent appearance on GKBarry's Saving Grace podcast.

Things are naturally very hush hush right now, but our Grace – who has an open invitation to come work at/edit heat magazine whenever the hell she likes, for as long as she likes – asked the burning question just as Alison was taking a big swig of her goblet of red.

Alison responded, "Do you think I could confirm it if I was, right here and now?" Which is pretty much showbiz code for "conversations have been had" and we just peed a little.

The pair went on to discuss other frontrunners for this gig of gigs, including Alison's colleague and chum, Rylan Clark. Alison revealed, "Rylan wants it and he would be amazing.

She added, "It's on ITV2 now, so maybe they're looking for some ITV talent." Like you, Alison. LIKE YOU. Or perhaps like YOU AND RYLAN. We're manifesting, we're manifesting...

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Just five years after the show came to an end in 2018 when Channel 5 announced that they would be saying goodbye to the format for good, Big Brother is back. And, according to recent reports, the fresh ITV reboot has been "confirmed for March 2023", which is frankly FAR too far away for our liking, but we're counting our blessings.

What we do know for certain is that applications for the series are now officially open to the public. Big Brother bosses confirmed the news via Instagram, saying, "Applications are now open for #BBUK 2023 👁."

heat have been very protective of Big Brother since it exploded onto screens in 2000 (and caused hundreds of outrageous TV moments) and we'd probably still rather have a beer with Kate Lawler or Glyn Wise than any of the TOWIE cast. Sorry not sorry.

Alison and Rylan aren't the only rumoured presenters in the running to host Big Brother next year. Frankly, there are too many to mention in one article - and we haven't written about Davide and Ekin-Su all day, so really should press on – so let's get to know the frontrunners..

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The reigning queen of ITV – having appeared on Love Island, TOWIE and I'm a Celeb (not to mention that she's fronted her own documentary series for them) – Olivia Attwood is rumoured to be in the running to host the new Big Brother, according to The Sun. A source told the publication A source told The Sun, "Olivia met with ITV2 bosses for talks to host Big Brother earlier in the Autumn. She was one of many presenters who have had meetings about the gig. It's one of the most sought-after jobs in the industry right now so it will be a very competitive role to get, but she wanted to throw her hat in the ring and producers definitely see her as a contender."

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