Bradley Walsh is in the middle of a bidding war between the BBC and ITV who both want the presenter for themselves, according to reports.
The actor-turned-host, who recently bowed out of Doctor Who during the long-awaited festive special, is said to be high in demand and has been hailed as the ‘next Sir Bruce Forsyth’.
The Mail On Sunday claims Bradley won’t sign any golden handcuff deals as he’s enjoying the freedom of being able to pick and choose what shows he appears on and what broadcaster.
‘He is holding the cards,’ a source told the publication. ‘He is a ratings winner, so can have the pick of whatever work he wants. It has become a competition now: who can land Bradley?’
The publication also claims that there are some high up at the BBC who see Bradley as the next Brucie and are desperate to have him present its prime time shows.
Bradley was a television staple over the Christmas period, having made numerous appearances on The Chase and Beat The Chasers.
He also dropped by The Jonathan Ross Show with his son Barney, on top of hosting Bradley Walsh’s How To Win A Gameshow, Blankety Blank and Doctor Who.
Bradley has previously starred on Law & Order: UK as well as Coronation Street.
Sir Bruce was a force of nature in television until his death in 2017, aged 89.
He was also known for guest-hosting Have I Got News For You from 2003, and his resurgence in popularity with viewers meant he soon bagged the co-presenting role on Strictly Come Dancing from 2004 until 2013.
Is Bradley following in similar footsteps?
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