Anna Richardson will present Changing Rooms when a rebooted version of the hit show returns to TV screens.
The presenter, 50, who has worked on dating show Naked Attraction for the past five years, confirmed she was taking on the role and ‘can’t wait’ to get started to The Sun.
Originally the series was set to be hosted by Davina McCall, however she reportedly stepped down when filming dates conflicted with her other work commitments.
New gig: Naked Attraction host Anna Richardson has confirmed she will present Changing Rooms when a rebooted version of the show returns to TV screens (pictured in October 2020)
Stacey Solomon and Emma Willis had also been tipped for the gig, however Anna appears to have been handed the role by Channel 4.
Speaking with The Sun, Anna said: ‘What an honour to be joining the Changing Rooms team, one of my favourite shows from when I first started in TV.
‘This series is an absolute classic and I can’t wait to see the designs the legendary Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and the brilliant Jordan and Russell of 2LG come up with for our homeowners.’
In demand: The series was set to be hosted by Davina McCall, however she reportedly stepped down when filming dates conflicted with her other work commitments
A TV insider also discussed the news with the publication, saying Anna has been given ‘a free reign to make the role her own’ once filming begins later this year.
MailOnline has contacted Channel 4 and Anna’s representative for further comment.
Davina, 53, reportedly had to step down from presenting the reboot as the dates didn’t align with her other commitments.
The Masked Singer judge was expected to host the Channel 4 show with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, it was announced last year.
But after the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc with her schedule and pushed back production dates twice, she can longer commit to the new series.
Presenter: Anna has worked on dating show Naked Attraction (pictured) for the past five years and said she ‘can’t wait’ to get started on the ‘classic’ home renovation show
An insider previously told The Sun on Sunday: ‘Davina was so excited to be part of the reboot but with the changing production schedule, it has become a nightmare.
‘Filming was supposed to take place at the end of last year but it got moved until earlier this year. And now it’s been pushed back again.
‘The lockdown and pandemic have played havoc with the schedule and sadly Davina has said she won’t be able to commit.’
MailOnline contacted Davina’s reps for comment at the time.
Laurence, 56, featured on the programme on BBC from 1996 to 2004 which saw neighbours switch keys to give each other’s rooms the ultimate makeover.
It was confirmed in December that the iconic interior design show would be making a return to screens after a 16-year break, switching over to Channel 4.
Making a comeback: Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen will also return to the show, which he starred in during its run on the BBC from 1996 to 2004
Speaking of delays to filming due to Covid, an insider said that month: ‘There are some bits they can work on but much of the filming has had to be pushed back — you can’t just descend on someone’s home right in the middle of the lockdown.’
Former Changing Rooms presenter Carol Smillie also hinted that she’d be open to returning to the series, following a resurgence in DIY in recent months.
Carol, now 58, presented the hugely popular show from 1996 until 2003, while Laurence graduated from designer to host until the programme’s end.
However, he admitted producers had to ‘coax’ him back to the show after over a decade off-screen.
Laurence said: ‘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.’
Original: Former Changing Rooms presenter Carol Smillie hinted last year that she’d be open to returning to the series, following a resurgence in DIY in recent months
- Naked Attraction host Anna Richardson replaces Davina McCall as new Changing Rooms presenter