Davina McCall has quit her presenting role of the Changing Rooms reboot after filming schedules reportedly became “a nightmare”.
The 53-year-old star, who hosted Big Brother from 2000 until 2010, allegedly pulled out of the gig after filming for ITV’s The Masked Singer made it “impossible” for her to juggle both.
In October Davina was confirmed to replace Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen in Channel 4’s new take on the home makeover series.
Davina stated at the time of the announcement that she couldn’t wait to “get stuck in”.
Just five months later and the star has dropped out after having to travel the UK due to her judge gig.
A source told The Sun: “The lockdown and pandemic have played havoc with the schedule and sadly Davina has said she won’t be able to commit.
“It’s the last thing anyone wanted but she is so busy with other filming commitments.
“Everyone on Changing Rooms is gutted as getting Davina on board was a huge coup for the reboot.”
Metro.co.uk reported that Davina’s reps confirmed the news.
The original show ran on the BBC for just under a decade from 1996 to 2004.
Davina previously said on presenting the show: “I’m so excited to be presenting Changing Rooms.
“It’s the perfect time to bring it back. Everyone is going DIY and decor-mad!
“I can’t wait to see all the amazing transformations.
“I might even get stuck in myself if I’m allowed to be let loose with a paint brush.”
Meanwhile, Laurence added to The Sun: “It’s taken quite a lot of coaxing to get me under the Changing Rooms banner once more, but nothing like as much coaxing as it’s going to take to squeeze those leather trousers back on.”
However awkwardly in August of that year, the show’s original presenter Carol Smillie admitted she would love to return to the show if it was revamped.
“It was definitely the favourite show of my career, without a doubt. It would be the only show I’d come back to telly for,” she explained.
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“It was the first time we’d had car-crash telly, when you would be sitting there with a cushion in front of your eyes, saying, ‘Oh no!’ It was sometimes like watching a disaster in slow motion.
“As a nation, we like to snoop around other people’s houses and that had never been done on TV before.”
Speaking in 2017 to Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine, the Scottish TV personality admitted the show was the best time in her career.