Big Brother: Brian Dowling claims people are trying to erase him from BB hosting history

The Irish presenter won the second series of the show in 2001 and went on to host the show when it moved to Channel 5 in 2011.

Brian Dowling announces that Andrew Stone (not pictured) will be evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother House at the Elstree Studios, Borehamwood. Picture date: Tuesday January 10, 2012. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brother.   (Photo by Rebecca Naden/PA Images via Getty Images)
Brian Dowling feels he is being erased from Big Brother hosting history. (Getty Images)

Big Brother star Brian Dowling has complained he is being erased from the show's hosting history.

The 45-year-old Irish presenter won the second series of the show in 2001 as well as Ultimate Big Brother in 2010. He went on to host the show when it moved to Channel 5 in 2011, along with Celebrity Big Brother.

But as the reality TV series relaunched on ITV, Dowling shared on Instagram: "Speaking honestly, I always feel some people like to change history and try and erase the fact I hosted the show directly after Davina [McCall] and then it went to Emma [Willis].’

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"Just recently, on Friday’s This Morning for example. The new hosts of Big Brother AJ [Odudu] and Will [Best] were being interviewed and they were asked if they had spoken to 'Emma and Davina' obviously as the ex-hosts and then their pics were brought up on screen.

"Yet again, there wasn’t even a mention of my time hosting, or even anyone on the production team that would have at least flagged that I was also an ex-presenter.

"It would have been so lovely to have been included, or to even get a thumbs up from my peers would be INCREDIBLE. I find it so odd that this keeps happening."

Davina McCall greets Brian Dowling as he leaves as the winner of Ultimate Big Brother, at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.   (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Brian Dowling with Davina McCall when he won Ultimate Big Brother in 2010. (Getty Images)

Davina McCall was the original host of Big Brother when it launched on Channel 4 in 2000. Emma Willis took over as host of Channel 5's Big Brother when Dowling stepped down in 2013.

Former Strictly Come Dancing finalist AJ Odudu and E4 presenter Will Best are now the new hosts of Big Brother, which has relaunched on ITV, returning to screens for the first time in five years.

Dowling added: "I have the ABSOLUTE BEST MEMORIES EVER as a housemate. I then went on to host the show for six seasons, the first man to host Big Brother!

AJ Odudu and Will Best - Big Brother (ITV)
AJ Odudu and Will Best are the new hosts of Big Brother. (ITV)

"I think AJ is a FABULOUS choice as a host. I don’t know Will, but he seems like a lot of fun. I would like to wish them both the best of luck as the new hosts."

Dowling married Armenian TV presenter and dancer Arthur Gourounlian in 2015 and they have a 12-month-old daughter named Blake Maria Rose together.

Dowling hosts and narrates The Real Housewives of Cheshire and Jersey.

(L-R) George Lamb, Emma Willis, Brian Dowling, Davina McCall and her Husband Matthew during the 2011 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.   (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
Big Brother presenters George Lamb, Emma Willis, Brian Dowling and Davina McCall at the 2011 National Television Awards. (Getty Images)

Former BB presenter Willis shared a message of support for Odudu and Best on social media.

She said: "@ajodudu and @iamwillbest are bringing in a brand new era of @bbuk . I’m SOOOOO excited to watch. I’m not gonna wish you both luck as you don’t need it, you’re gonna absolutely smash it. Have the best time you pair, you’re about to experience one of the greatest rides in tele…"

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And Rylan, who won Celebrity Big Brother in 2013 and went on to become the host of Big Brother's Bit On The Side until 2018, posted: "Good luck to team @bbuk . Have a fantastic series and welcome back Big Bro."

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