Is this host AOK?
That’s who Confidential is tipping for 2008.
It also says there will only be one series of the show next year -surely a good move. Somers, the newspaper suggests, was miffed at having a variety show turned down by Seven.
“(David) Leckie and Somers have long been uncomfortable colleagues at Seven as the network boss was responsible for the axing of Hey Hey it’s Saturday at Channel Nine in 1999,” it claims.
O’Keefe is one of the few variety hosts Seven has in its stable and is known to work well with Sonia Kruger who appeared on his variety pilot earlier this year. Other names likely to be considered would be Grant Denyer (but he already hosts It Takes Two and Australia’s Got Talent) and Larry Emdur.
But would judge Todd McKenney also be interested? He’s been keen for his own show for some time. And could a network ever have enough guts to allow a female to host the show -Sonia Kruger anyone? McKenney and Kruger are both set for Sydney radio in 2008, complicating their availability for a hosting role.
UPDATED: “I was approached about work this afternoon,” Somers said last night.
“It’s very flattering. No sooner had the ink dried on the press release and calls came in.
“I don’t want to go into details. I’m not locked into any network at this stage. I’m a free agent,” he said.
Somers has also put his vote in for Kruger to host.
Don’t believe the talk Somers wont be back at Nine. As the saying goes, it may not happen overnight, but…..