Jamie East and Alice Levine have announced that they will not be returning as presenters on Big Brother’s Bit On The Side this year.
Today’s edition of The Sun claimed that the duo had left the late night spin-off in an ‘upmarket’ revamp, although Emma Willis will remain involved in an unspecified role despite landing the top job as the face of the main show.
This morning, they both took to their Twitter pages to confirm their exits.
East wrote: “To those asking, yes the reports are true. I had an amazing 5 series of BBBOTS and wish the whole team nothing but the best of luck. I’ll not be off your screens for long, in fact filming today, so will see you all soon.
In one final dig at the show’s hardcore fans, he added: “Still hate the live feed x”
Meanwhile, Levine – who now hosts a late night programme on BBC Radio 1 between Mondays and Thursdays – said: “My time on @bbbots was THE best – with Radio 1 & other job commitments though, had to make January my last one. 5 series!! #greatmemories
“Good luck to everyone on @bbbots for the next series – love the team, love the show and look forward to seeing all the changes for summer!”
They had been involved with BOTS since it launched in 2011, fronting the weekend editions on 5* as well as appearing as co-hosts to Willis for a total of six series.
East – whose gossip website Holy Moly is partly owned by Big Brother producers Endemol – also appeared in pre-series specials ‘Jamie Meets The Celebrities’ and ‘The Auditions’ last year.
Channel 5 bosses are said to be looking for replacements.