Big Brother's new host AJ Odudu shares how Davina McCall gave her blessing

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Incoming Big Brother co-host AJ Odudu has revealed the touching support she has received from previous presenter Davina McCall.

AJ and Will Best are set to front the revamped ITV version of the reality series, which is due to launch later this year.

The star has now revealed that Davina sent a heartfelt video message after her announcement, telling Grazia: "The Queen herself has given me her blessing.

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"She sent me an amazing video when I got the gig saying 'you are going to smash it'."

Davina was host of Big Brother during its Channel 4 days until 2010, with Brian Dowling and later Emma Willis taking over during its Channel 5 run.

Emma recently revealed that she played a "secret role" in getting AJ signed on for the new series, telling The Sun's TV Mag: "I am literally as happy as a pig in muck.

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"She's a very dear friend of mine and I did champion her from the beginning because I love her and I think she's going to do a phenomenal job. And I, for one, am really bloody looking forward to a new era with her – and Will Best, we cannot forget Will Best."

AJ previously said of joining the show: "I’m so excited to finally be able to say that, yes: I’m hosting Big Brother! I couldn't be happier.

"Following in the footsteps of some of my favourite broadcasting legends to front such an iconic show is an absolute honour – and to do it alongside my amazing friend Will is the icing on the cake."

Last month, the rebooted series' logo was unveiled, while ITV has shut down reports that classic Big Brother housemates could be brought back.

Big Brother will air on ITV2 this autumn.

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