Denise Van Outen drops OK! TV at eleventh hour

The much vaunted presenter pulls out of show days before its launch

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In a dramatic change of plans, ex-Live from Studio Five host Kate Walsh has been drafted in to co-present Channel 5’s new daily magazine show OK! TV, which premieres on Monday .

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It was announced earlier this month that bubbly Essex girl Denise Van Outen had signed on to front the new programme before today revealing that she would be dropping out, citing “contractual commitments”.

Van Outen had tweeted as recently as 9 February about her excitement at being part of the new programme, so her sudden departure after receiving a tour of Channel 5 owner Richard Desmond’s Northern & Shell HQ has prompted much speculation, though certain sources have suggested that perhaps her agent simply sobered up…

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A spokesperson for Channel 5 said: “We are delighted to announce that Kate Walsh will be stepping up to present OK! TV with Matt Johnson. We all know how fantastic and experienced Kate is following her time on Live from Studio Five and are delighted to have her on board to co-present this fantastic new show.”