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With Jeff Stelling quitting afternoon quiz Countdown, who can now be in the frame to take over? Insiders tell me that they would love to go for a female host this time around – could it be Liza Tarbuck? I will keep you posted...

Richard and Judy have left Watch, the TV channe, for which they left Channel 4, but they are now being signed up for the next few years with their ‘Book Club’ for a leading newsagents. Judy trills: “We are so happy that people still want our opinion.”

Coronation Street star Helen Flanagan has revealed that she is looking forward to her return to the soap. The actress, who has played Rosie Webster for 12 years, is on a threemonth break from the show and will return to our screens in July. Helen also signed a new £70,000ayear contract to stay with on the Street.

Dannii Minogue didn’t receive a oneoff payment to quit the X Factor. The talent judge quit the singing competition earlier this month, citing clashes with the recording of the Australia’s Got Talent live shows. Of rumours that show boss Simon Cowell paid Dannii a golden farewell, a source told me: “Her getting a payoff is nonsense. She wasn't even under contract – they're not going to give her money for nothing.”

KelseyBeth Crossley (Scarlett Nicholls) in Emmerdale is leaving the show within the next few months. The actress tells me: “I am sad as I have enjoyed my time in the Dales, but as an actress I know that they have to keep moving characters on to keep the show fresh.”

Former pop star and Eurovision legend Cheryl Baker is trying her luck in the new series of ‘Pop Star To Opera Star’ and said: “I am terrified, but it’s like trying out a new adventure, why not just have a go?!”

The Hoff, a judge on Britain’s Got Talent, tells me he has to watch his weight. “We have great catering on the show, but I don’t do snacks and all that, I always start the day with porridge. I need to keep my Baywatch figure in case we make a comeback...”

Once the highestpaid newsreader with a millionpound contract, Natasha Kaplinsky admits that she is now looking for work on ‘regular’ TV. “I get offered all the reality stuff, but I am looking for something a bit more serious,” she said. Good luck...

Kate Garraway, Sian Williams and Natasha Kaplinsky are among the first names linked to the It Takes Two job. According to my sources, the trio are the current contenders to replace Claudia Winkleman on the Strictly Come Dancing spinoff show. Kate and Natasha have both competed in the BBC One reality show in the past.

With Britain’s Got Talent slightly on the wane no wonder Amanda Holden is looking at her next hit. She tells me: “I know they are bringing Ab Fab back and I think I could play Joanna Lumley’s daughter in it ... I really love the show.”

Once again Coronation Street lost out at the recent BAFTAs to archrivals EastEnders, but the cast tell me: “We do understand it really ... our audience tend not to be so much into the digital age and so of course we tend to lose out when it comes to votes etc.”

Sternfaced news presenter Mary Nightingale recently claimed she never wanted fame and loathes the reality TV genre. How brave, then, that she jumped at the chance to host ‘Celebrity Britain’s Best Dish’ which features soap actors from Coronation Street and Emmerdale...

Stephanie Cole has promised that there are "moving" scenes in store on Coronation Street as her current storyline continues. The actress was introduced to Weatherfield last month as Roy Cropper’s outspoken mother Sylvia, who has a strained relationship with the café owner. She tells me: “It’s get funny and sad in parts, but it’s very watchable too.”

Despite winning ‘I’m A Celebrity’ a few years back, largerthanlife actor Chris Biggins is still suffering for his art. He reveals: “I am the voiceover guy on a new quiz show called ‘Quiz Trippers’ where teams go around to different pubs competing in pub quizzes.” Sounds great Chris!

Former Coronation Street actress Suranne Jones, now appearing in her selfpenned show ‘Scott and Bailey’, tells me she plans to write even more in the future.  “I see it like this,” she said. “If you want to work, why not create something you can star in? So that’s what I did.”

Emmerdale star Corinne Wicks is to leave the soap at the end of her current contract, it has been confirmed. The actress revealed that she was stunned as she felt the Macy family were here to stay. “I think whoever takes over Home Farm has a tough job because they have to have money and be able to suffer too,” she laughed.

David Essex, popping up in Eastenders this week, wishes the BBC would reshow his earlier comedy effort ‘The River’ which aired in the late 80s. “I loved making the show and I often get asked about it,” he said.

Emmerdale star Charley Webb has revealed that Debbie Dingle’s pregnancy marks the beginning of a longterm storyline for the character.
“I have been looking for this type of storyline for a long time, and it will be explosive over the coming months, that is what I can tell you,” she said.

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