Rumours are firming that Sonia Kruger is close to securing the hosting job on Nine’s Big Brother for 2012.
TV Tonight hears that the quick-witted Dancing with the Stars co-host is favoured by Nine to take the presenting role which catapulted Gretel Killeen to fame a decade ago on TEN.
Such a move would see Kruger exit her long-standing role on Seven’s variety series. She has appeared on the show for eleven seasons, alongside hosts Daryl Somers and Daniel MacPherson.
During that time she has attracted acclaim with viewers and critics alike for her ability to work off-script, qualities that are all required in the role of Big Brother host.
Since it emerged that Nine was reviving the Southern Star reality series there has been plenty of interest from online forums, with furious speculation about who will land the hosting role.
Media reports that Hamish and Andy might host were later denied by the comedy duo. Nostalgic fans have also called for Gretel Killeen to be reinstated.
Kruger is understood to be contracted to Dancing with the Stars on a series by series basis.
A Seven spokesperson would not confirm details of their 2012 plans, telling TV Tonight, “We’ll be looking at Dancing with the Stars early in the new year.”
Aside from Underbelly: Razor, Reality shows have been one of Nine’s sweet spots in 2011. With The Block currently in production, The Voice nearing cast completion, and Celebrity Apprentice expected to be renewed a Big Brother series helmed by Sonia Kruger could be quite a Reality slapdown.