Brian Dowling found out that that he was being dropped from presenting Big Brother by reading about it in a newspaper.

The former Big Brother contestant, who hosted the Channel 5 series in 2011, said that he was "embarrassed" by the how the situation unfolded.

Speaking to the Irish Mirror, he said: “It was more embarrassing than anything else being fired and losing your job in the public domain.

“Once you get your head around it and own it, it gets easier. I had to make myself realise I did f**** all wrong.”

He added: “The worst thing was hearing through a newspaper I had lost the gig.

“Apart from my ego being dented, I felt a bit humiliated. “I mean, I had won the show in 2001, then won the ultimate Celeb BB in 2010 and hosted it 2011.

“Unless you are Davina McCall, there’s only so much you can do on that show.”

Brian can next be seen hosting TV3′s new game show Sitting On A Fortune.