GRETEL Killeen has been dumped from Big Brother as Ten seeks to revamp the struggling show by introducing new hosts, radio duo Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O.
“Working on Big Brother has been an extraordinary, challenging and rewarding experience,” Killeen said.
“I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved but I now have the seven-year itch and am busting to get on with a million new things, including my first feature film, which we’re shooting in the new year.”
After seven years, the show is in dire need of a change.
The 2007 series was criticised for its boring and predictable housemates, resulting in poor ratings and speculation the show might be axed.
But producers Endemol Southern Star have confirmed the show will return in 2008 in a “tighter, re-energised format”.
Jackie O wants ‘shake-up’
It will again be filmed at Dreamworld on the Gold Coast.
“I would like to see them shake it up, especially with the contestants because I think everybody is sick of the same old contestants going in,” Jackie O said.
“It actually gets really boring after a while.
“As a fan, I have always wanted a bigger variety of people in there and also to push the contestants more.”
Her co-host has a similar view and speaks from experience.
Sandilands was a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother in 2002 and was a guest in the house for a weekend this year, although he had to leave early because he suffered from a migraine.
Sandilands wants ‘grumpy old men’
“I want that conflict, that real sense of drama rather than that frat house drama that we’ve seen over the last few years,” Sandilands, who is also a judge on Ten’s Australian Idol, said.
“It is time that we mix it up a little bit.
“We will still have young, fun people in there but the whole house won’t be full of 20-something losers.
“I would like the old grumpy man that hates loud noise and hates young people in there.”
Both Sandilands and Jackie O praised Killeen on her hosting of the show, saying they were big fans of her TV style.
Ten will be hoping for a big boost in ratings with the revamped show.