Terry Wogan will miss his first Children in Need event this year, the TV and Radio legend (who has performed hosting duties since the telethon began in 1980) is having a “procedure” on his back and is unable to take part. He is being replaced by Dermot O’Leary.
The BBC today released the following statement regarding BBC Children in Need 2015…
A BBC spokesperson said: “We are pleased to announce that fellow Irishman and Radio 2 presenter Dermot O’Leary will be stepping into Sir Terry Wogan’s shoes for tonight’s Children in Need from 7.30 to 10pm, hosting alongside Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton. The presenting baton will be picked up by Shane Richie on BBC Two at 10pm, then return to BBC One with Nick Grimshaw and Rochelle Humes from 10.30pm. We are incredibly grateful to Dermot for stepping in at such short notice but know he’ll do us and Sir Terry proud.”
Dermot O’Leary said: “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.”