Children In Need host Terry Wogan has had to pull out of the show for the first time due to health reasons

Children in Need is not only a brilliant cause but also a night that is as much part of our British calendar as the date that Great British Bake Off starts.


But sadly, host of the show and evening, Sir Terry Wogan, has had to pull out of presenting the six-and-a-half-hour show tonight due to health reasons after having a procedure on his back.

The 77-year-old legend has been the face of the annual fundraising night ever since it began in 1980, so him and his caring nature – not to mention his funny links – will be sorely missed!

And we’re not the only ones who are a bit gutted, as Terry himself is sad to be missing the night for the first time in 35 years: ‘I’m going to miss our wonderful, inspiring evening together, but I’ll be with you, watching, cheering and donating.’

‘So here we are on the 35th edition of Children In Need, every one of which I’ve been proud to present since it started in 1980, and for the first time, I won’t be there, to cheer you on with word and gesture to another record-breaking year.’

It’s been announced that Dermot O’Leary will step in to front the show 7.30pm until 10pm and he’s honoured to have been given the opportunity, though of course like the rest of us he’s going to miss Terry.

‘It’s a huge honour to be asked to step into Sir Terry’s shoes tonight; he is one of my broadcasting heroes and has been a source of support for me down the years,’ says 42-year-old Dermot.

‘I’d like to add my best wishes to Sir Terry for a speedy recovery, and I hope I do him justice and do my small part to make the night a success and make as much money as we can for disadvantaged children across the country.’

The show will also still be presented by co-hosts Nick Grimshaw, Tess Daly, Fearne Cotton and Rochelle Humes, and just like us, Terry can’t think of better hands to leave the job to.

‘The show will go on, bigger and better than ever, in the hands of my friends, Grimmy, Fearne, Rochelle and Tess.’

‘The British public, as always, will dig deep in their pockets and purses to help the country’s disadvantaged children, knowing that ever penny will go to those who need it most.’

You’ll be sorely missed on tonight’s show Terry, but we have no doubt that Dermot and your other Children in Need hosting pals will do you proud..

Get well soon!