O'Leary to host 'The Marriage Ref'

O'Leary to host 'The Marriage Ref'

Dermot O’Leary has been confirmed as the host of new comedy panel show ‘The Marriage Ref’.

The ‘X Factor’ star will present the ITV1 show, which will explore quirky, funny and recognisable disputes between real-life couples.

The seven-part series – which will include a panel of comedians who all have their say on who should win each argument and "offer their own wit, wisdom and unique opinions" - was originally created by comedian Jerry Seinfeld and launched in America last year and ITV cannot wait to remake it.

ITV1's commissioning editor for comedy and entertainment Claire Zolkwer said: "‘The Marriage Ref’ takes a close look at every day disagreements faced by couples - something we can all relate to and laugh with.

"It's an entertaining format and Dermot O'Leary will make a great host, not only giving his opinion but also leading the debate amongst the panel."

Annabel Jones, managing director at Zeppotron, which is producing the show, added: "This show promises to be filled with comedy moments - marriage and relationships can be unpredictable and hilarious.

"Dermot is a fantastic host with wide appeal and we'll be bringing some of the biggest names in comedy and entertainment to the panel. We're extremely proud to be making a series that was originally conceived by the comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld."

O’Leary had previously spoken of his desire to host the show, saying: "It's a great show and the kind of thing I want to present because it's not your usual show. It's something I'd watch. I'd never do a gameshow. ITV have big plans for it, so fingers crossed."

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