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Dermot O'Leary is 'in talks' to host this year's Brit Awards
The 43-year-old – who is hosting tonight's National Television Awards – said that it's "flattering to be asked", but "he wishes it was under different circumstances".
He explained: "Obviously it’s hugely flattering to be asked. I’d much rather be asked in different circumstances though.
"We should not forget in all of this that a little boy’s really ill and his dad’s got to take some time off to look after him.
"I’m not saying that in a schmaltzy way, it’s obviously very important."
Dermot said he's 'hugely flattered' to have been asked to present the ceremony
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Obviously it’s hugely flattering to be asked. I’d much rather be asked in different circumstances though.
Dermot added to The Sun: "That said though, it’s a really tough gig and it’s a huge gig to be asked to do.
"But I want to get the NTAs out of the way first before I sit down so I’m just concentrating on the NTAs."
Dermot's comments come after sources said that Michael, 41 – who previously said he would be putting his singing career on hold to focus on Noah's recovery – would no longer be hosting the star-studded annual ceremony.
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Insiders said last week that bosses had been discussing potential replacements.
Michael Bublé and his family
Wed, November 9, 2016
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Michael Buble and wife Louisana with their sons Noah & Elias
Dermot is hosting tonight's National Television Awards
Michael and Luisana Lopilato's son Noah is currently undergoing chemotherapy
A source explained: “It was a difficult call but Michael has decided to pull out of hosting the Brit Awards.
“Out of respect for Michael the producers gave him as much time as he needed to make the decision, which they completely understood."
The Brit Awards 2017 will be taking place on February 22 at London's O2 arena.