Sonia Kruger announced as Seven’s Big Brother host

After weeks of speculation, Seven has finally confirmed Sonia Kruger will host its Big Brother revamp for 2020.

Kruger hosted the short-lived run of the format from 2012-2014 on Nine before the show was pulled from the air amid flagging ratings. Prior to that, eight seasons of the show aired on Ten from 2001 – 2008, with Gretel Killeen in the hosting spot, minus the final 2008 season when Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson took the hosting spot.

The new season, produced for Seven by Endemol Shine Australia, is rumoured to be close to the American and Canadian versions, which seems to lean closer to Survivor than the traditional Big Brother Australia format.

Kruger confirmed her departure from Nine at the end of 2019, announcing live on Today Extra she would exit the network after eight years. She joined Nine from Seven in 2011 and hosted both The Voice and Today Extra for the network.

It was then announced she would host Mega Mini Golf on Seven and appear as a judge on Australia’s Got Talent: The Champions. Kruger will also form part of Seven’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics broadcast.

At the time of the announcement, Seven CEO James Warburton referred to Kruger as “the one that got away”.

“I speak on behalf of the entire Seven team when I say that Sonia was the one that got away.

“To say we’re thrilled to be welcoming her home as a judge for AGT: The Champions, as host of Mega Mini Golf, and as a member of our team for Tokyo 2020 is an understatement,” he said at the time.

In an interview with Kyle and Jackie O on Australian Radio Network’s (ARN) KIIS 1065 in Sydney, Kruger confirmed the new Big Brother will be unlike the format Australians are used to and advised the show had not yet commenced filming.


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