Big Brother 2023 hosts AJ Odudu and Will Best have revealed they have received support from the original presenters of the show.
The pair will front the upcoming ITV2 reboot of the classic reality show, which is set to premiere this month, and the pair revealed that previous hosts of the series have wished them luck.
"Everyone’s been so supportive – even Emma Willis and Davina McCall have congratulated us and offered some great advice," revealed Odudu.
Best added: "We’ve had loads of lovely messages! People have been so supportive and positive.
"The best thing though has been how many messages we’ve had from people in the industry just saying how excited they are that the show is coming back, it reminds you how universally loved it is. BB fans are everywhere!"
The reboot, which will consist of 36 episodes, sees the show return to the small screen after a five-year hiatus, and the hosting duo spoke about the enduring appeal of the show.
"Big Brother lets us dive into the psyche of the human mind and connects the audience to people from all walks of life that you might not ever normally meet," said Odudu. "I remember watching Brian Dowling and he was the first openly gay man I’d ever seen – what a joy!
"And Nadia Almada was the first trans person on the show, which was so insightful as growing up in Blackburn I didn't see that diversity in my day-to-day life. It really is the people and their stories."
"The fact that it's real people, who properly represent a snapshot of the UK right now, means there is so much more for an audience to connect with," added Best. "It’s unfiltered and unpredictable, which makes for unbelievably engaging telly."
Big Brother: The Launch airs Sunday, October 8 at 9pm on ITV1, ITV2 and ITVX. After launch night, the show airs on Sundays to Fridays at 9pm on ITV2 and ITVX.
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