Mark Wright to host The Bachelor
29 September 2018 - 10:00 AM

Mark Wright to host The Bachelor

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Mark Wright will host a new series of "The Bachelor".

The former "The Only Way Is Essex" star - who is married to actress Michelle Keegan - has been lined up by Channel 5 bosses to present the programme and he has been given time off from his US "Extra" gig for the job.

A source told The Sun: "Mark has already had an incredibly busy year presenting on "Extra". Now he's getting ready to jet off again to front another show which is an amazing opportunity - but it means more time out of the country and being apart from Michelle.

"He's really excited to get stuck in with the show though and looking forward to lending his professional dating expertise."

The UK version of the popular franchise last aired in 2012 when "Made In Chelsea's Spencer Matthews starred as the bachelor.

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Meanwhile, Mark revealed his long-term career ambition, admitting his ultimate dream is to host a "big, Saturday night TV show".

He said: "My career goal and my dream has always been to be a presenter.

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"I would love to host a big, Saturday night TV show. But it needs to be the perfect show and at the right time. That's my ultimate goal."

The TV presenter also revealed that he and his wife have been prevented from starting a family because of their jam-packed working schedules, but he would love to have twins.

Mark - who's been married to the actress since 2015 - shared: "We say we're going to try [for a baby] every year but something comes up with work. So it'll be Michelle filming in South Africa and then I got the job in Los Angeles - so we think, right, we'll try next year.

"It'll be around December or January, we'll talk about it and we'll go from there."

Mark revealed he initially wanted to have three or four children, but the former reality star - who is currently based in LA - has been forced to reassess his ambitions over recent years.

The presenter explained: "With kids, I used to want three or four. But now, I'm 31, we're not having kids any time before 32. I think we could have two or three. Twins would be great because you're getting two out of the way at once!

"Triplets would be even better! And if we have quadruplets we'd be laughing because we'd have them all in one go!"

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