Terry Wogan, the face of the BBC’s long running Children in Need charity appeal, has pulled out of the presenting role for tonight’s launch at short notice citing poor health.
In a statement Wogan said: “So, here we are on the 36th 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.
“The show will go on, bigger and better than ever, in the hands of my friends, Grimmy, Fearne, Rochelle and Tess."
A BBC spokesperson added: "We are so sorry that Terry won't be with us tomorrow night as we know how passionate he is about Children in Need. But we wish him a very speedy recovery and know he'll be watching from home and enjoying the show."
Despite this blow the show will go on with Children in Need being broadcast from 19:30 this evening with participants including Sir Tom Jones and Rob Brydon.