Richie Driss has joined Blue Peter as a presenter (Picture: PA)Blue Peter has announced that Richie Driss has joined the CBBC show as a presenter and will be making his debut alongside new rescue dog Henry.
The 30-year-old film graduate will replace Radzi Chinyanganya, who announced his departure after five-and-a-half years and has since been tipped for Strictly Come Dancing.
‘To say that becoming a Blue Peter presenter is a dream come true doesn’t even begin to describe it,’ enthused Richie upon landing the impressive gig.
‘To be named presenter of the longest-running children’s television programme in the world is a far bigger achievement than I ever dreamt possible.’
He added: ‘I cannot wait to get started and follow in the footsteps of the 60 years of iconic presenters who have worn the famous Blue Peter badge before me.
Richie is thrilled to be joining the CBBC show (Picture: PA)‘I am going to give it my all, no matter what the job throws at me.’
Richie has already begun filming for the series, singing with The Kingdom Choir, who performed at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding last year.
Speaking of the new addition, Blue Peter editor Matthew Peacock said: ‘Richie really impressed us during his auditions and showed that he has plenty of Blue Peter spirit when he came face to face with a Burmese python and took on a ninja assault course.
‘We’re sure he will be a big hit with the legions of Blue Peter fans.’
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Richie will be joining the show alongside rescue Beagle Basset Hound Henry, who was adopted from the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, Dogs Trust.
Blue Peter Lindsey Russell can’t wait for the pup to arrive, saying: ‘Henry is such a friendly dog and I can’t wait to have him in the studio every week.
‘He’s already met the crew, had a good sniff around, and seems to love it. Pets have always been such an important part of Blue Peter and it’s so exciting to be welcoming the latest one to the show.’
Richie Driss and new dog Henry will make their Blue Peter debut on Thursday 16 May at 5.30pm on CBBC.
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