Dermot Reflects On His BBLB Guests
Dermot O'Leary, the host of fanzine show 'Big Brother's Little
Brother' since it began during Big Brother 2, recently commented
on some of his worst and best guests over the years.
The 34-year-old presenter will quit BBLB when 'Big Brother:
Celebrity Hijack' ends on January the 28th, and cites the
fact that the 2007 BBLB shows weren't as good as he would-have-liked
as a contributing factor.
And that was mainly due to his commitment to The X Factor,
where he replaced original host Kate Thornton when she got
the old 'heave ho' last year. The two shows ran concurrently
for a number of weeks in 2007, and Dermot also filmed the
audition stages of The X Factor while presenting BBLB daily.
Dermot, who seems to have grown his hair in-order to front
the popular talent show, says that he only had a few days
off last summer and reckons that both shows suffered as a
About the situation the 33-year-old said, "I knew I
wasn't going to do Big Brother forever, but I thought I could
combine the two – kind-of have my cake and eat it –
but really I couldn't". Reading between the lines, Simon
Cowell has likely offered our Dermy' even bigger bucks and
forced him to drop BBLB and concentrate solely on his
About his leaving it all behind when the current BB Hijack
series ends, Dermot re-iterated that Big Bruv had been his
life for seven years, but claimed he wouldn't be blubbing
during his last BBLB show. However, the oft-silly host conceded
that a 'best bits' VT could well set him off!
Reflecting on his many guests over the years, the would-be
Irishman stated that his favourite guest was probably actor
Matthew Horne from Teachers/ The Catherine Tate Show/ Gavin
& Stacey fame. Matt appeared as a guest on BBLB many times
and the pair consequently struck-up a friendship.
"Alicia Duvall was amazing... it was one of my favourite
episodes because she was just so unspeakably bad!" said
Dermot about one of his worst guests, before dubbing outspoken
CBB4 housemate and former basketball star Dennis Rodman a
bit of an idiot and a total let-down.
And although it wasn't clear if he had any sympathy for the
fallen star, Dermot stated that his interview with Jade Goody
after the highly-controversial CBB5 race-row was one of his
toughest, but he was glad that he did it.
Fans will definitely miss Dermot's often-irreverent, sometimes
serious but mostly upbeat and amusing presenting style, but
all good things must to come to an end I guess?
Here at BBO, we're not sure if Dermot is particularly well-suited
to the more serious and dramatic style of the The X Factor,
but nevertheless we say: thanks for giving us a good laugh
over the past seven years and Good Luck for the future.
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