Channel Seven has confirmed Sonia Kruger will host the 2020 reboot of Big Brother.
The announcement comes after months of speculation Kruger, who will also judge on Australia’s Got Talent panel, would be taking on the role following her exit from Nine.
Kruger was originally set to host Seven’s new show Mega Mini Golf, but due to filming commitments of Big Brother, she will no longer be available. It is unknown who will replace her.
She told KIIS FM’s Kyle and Jackie O this morning that she was only asked by Seven to be the host of the show last week, while also confirming filming will start soon.
A teaser trailer which featured during MKR last night confirmed the show’s new contestants have already been selected.
In a statement released by Seven, Kruger said: “I knew 2020 was going to be a fantastic year but to be asked to host the big daddy of reality shows is icing on the cake.
“I’ve always loved Big Brother and this brand new series of the show will take it to an exciting, contemporary level that will make for addictive viewing.”
She continued: “The housemates have been selected, the new home is mind blowing and Big Brother is as mischievous as ever. The game has changed and I can’t wait to give fans their all access pass to the greatest reality show on earth!”
Kruger also confirmed once filming starts, the show will begin rolling out content soon after, which could not come at a better time for Seven.
Struggling against reality TV powerhouses like Nine’s MAFS and 10’s Survivor, Seven certainly needs a ratings boost, and based on the buzz on social media, Big Brother might just be the ticket.
Big Brother was first hosted by Gretel Killeen on 10 from 2001 – 2007. In 2008, Kyle and Jackie O took over for a year.
When Nine secured the rights to Big Brother in 2012, Kruger took on the hosting duties until 2015.