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Dermot O'Leary to replace Wogan on Children in Need

Dermot O'Leary will be stepping in Credit: PA

Dermot O'Leary is stepping in to replace Sir Terry Wogan on this Friday's Children in Need after he pulled out for "health reasons".

It will be the first time Sir Terry will not have hosted it since its 1980 launch.

Sir Terry, 77, is having a procedure on his back and is understood to have withdrawn in line with doctors' advice.

The show is also due to be presented by Tess Daly, Rochelle Humes, Nick Grimshaw and Fearne Cotton.

Sir Terry Wogan Credit: PA

It's a huge honour to be asked to step into Sir Terry's shoes tonight; he is one of my broadcasting heroes and has been a source of support for me down the years.

I'd like to add my best wishes to Sir Terry for a speedy recovery, and I hope I do him justice and do my small part to make the night a success and make as much money as we can for disadvantaged children across the country.

– O'Leary

Many stars are expected to feature in the show including One Direction, actress Dame Helen Mirren, former Doctor Who star David Tennant, Sherlock actor Martin Freeman and singer Ellie Goulding.

We are so sorry that Terry won't be with us as we know how passionate he is about Children in Need.

But we wish him a very speedy recovery and know he'll be watching from home and enjoying the show.

– BBC Spokesman


O'Leary praises Sharon Osbourne's X Factor impact

X Factor host Dermot O'Leary has praised the impact of Sharon Osbourne on the new series, saying she has brought the best out of the other judges.

He told ITV's Daybreak: "She has brought Louis back into prominence, it's almost like he is an old sheepdog who has just woken up by the fire.

"Gary (Barlow) has a great sense of humour, she brings that out in Gary and her and Nicole are close."

He added that the show had a more "nostaligic feel" this year and that is was much "warmer" than previous series.

Sharon Osbourne returns as new X Factor begins filming

Judges Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Gary Barlow pose with presenter Dermot O’Leary. Credit: Dermot O'Leary / Twitter

The X Factor judges – including comeback judge Sharon Osbourne – are back together ahead of the first filmed auditions of the new series.

Osbourne, who was on the show from 2004 to 2007 and replaces Tulisa Contostavlos, will feature alongside Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger and Gary Barlow.

Although preliminary auditions have already taken place, the judges start their first day on the programme today.

Dermot O'Leary 'forced to close' fish restaurant

Dermot O'Leary, the host of ITV's X Factor, has closed one of his fish restaurants due to the "current financial climate", The Sun reports.

X Factor host Dermot O'Leary. Credit: Ian West/PA Archive

The presenter opened two Fishy Fishy eateries on the south coast with one based in Poole, Dorset and the other in Brighton, Sussex.

O'Leary told the newspaper the Brighton outlet, which employs 25 staff, was doing fine but that he had to close the Poole restaurant, leaving 13 people without jobs.

He said: "Sadly, we decided that Fishy Fishy Poole should cease trading owing to the current financial climate. Fishy Fishy Brighton continues to trade as normal.”

Morrissey tells Dermot O'Leary his marriage 'won't last'

Dermot O'Leary and Dee Koppang Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

X Factor host Dermot O'Leary has revealed he bumped into Morrissey as he checked into his honeymoon hotel - and the former Smiths frontman told him his marriage would not last.

O'Leary tied the knot with long-term girlfriend Dee Koppang last month in a ceremony at a church in Kent.

He said the surly singer delivered his gloomy verdict when he spotted him in the courtyard of his hotel in Rome.

In an interview for tonight's Jonathan Ross Show on ITV1, O'Leary said he approached Morrissey, whom he had previously interviewed for his BBC Radio 2 show: "I went over and I said, 'It's lovely to see you', and he said: 'Really? I'm sure you'd say the same thing to Barry Manilow or Gary Barlow'.

"I said, 'No it is. Morrissey, I'm here on my honeymoon', and he said, 'It won't last, these things never do'."

File photo of Morrissey Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire