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Terry Wogan pulls out of Children in Need

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Terry Wogan pulls out of Children in Need

Sir Terry Wogan has pulled out of hosting Children In Need due to "health reasons".

The 77-year-old broadcaster will not be involved in tomorrow (13.11.15) evening's coverage for the first time since the charity extravaganza launched in 1980 after falling ill but will still be "watching, cheering and donating".

He added in a statement: "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 British public, as always, will dig deep in their pockets and purses to help the country's disadvantaged children, knowing that every penny will go to those who need it most."

A BBC spokesman 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."

A replacement presenter - who will front the BBC coverage alongside Tess Daly, Rochelle Humes, Nick Grimshaw and Fearne Cotton - will be announced "in due course".

Children in Need has raised more than £790 million for children and young people across the UK since its launch.

Last year, more than £32.6 million was raised on the night of the broadcast.