Dermot O’Leary to host Children In Need after ‘health reasons’ force Terry Wogan to withdraw

This will be the first Children In Need without Wogan, who has hosted the live show since 1980

Dermot O’Leary will step in to replace Terry Wogan on tonight’s BBC Children In Need live show.

Wogan, who has hosted the BBC’s annual charity broadcast every year since it began in 1980, withdrew earlier today for “health reasons”. The veteran presenter is about to undergo a procedure on his back, the BBC reports, and is believed to have pulled out after seeking advice from his doctors.

“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,” O’Leary said in a press release announcing his last-minute role.

“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 will co-host BBC Children In Need with Fearne Cotton and Tess Daly on BBC One from 7.30pm to 10pm. Shane Richie will then host for 30 minutes on BBC Two while News At Ten airs on the main channel, before the broadcast returns to BBC One at 10.30pm with Nick Grimshaw and Rochelle Humes at the helm.

“We are incredibly grateful to Dermot for stepping in at such short notice but know he’ll do us and Sir Terry proud,” a BBC spokesperson said.