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Friday, 27 September, 2002, 13:12 GMT 14:12 UK
Smillie quits Changing Rooms
Changing Rooms team, with Smillie in the centre on the front row
Changing Rooms has made DIY popular again
Carol Smillie is quitting her role as the TV presenter of BBC One's DIY show Changing Rooms, it has been revealed.

The TV star will step down at the end of the 13th and current series, which has just begun on BBC One.

The show, which is watched by nearly seven million viewers each week, will continue with a new presenter.

Changing Rooms was one of the first TV programmes to feature home decorating as its central feature and is credited with the rise in popularity of DIY and the success of shops of shops such as Ikea.

As well as making Smillie, 40, a household name, it has made stars of designers Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Linda Barker and Anna Ryder-Richardson, as well as "Handy" Andy Kane.

Other projects

The BBC confirmed Smillie has told the corporation that she will not be continuing with Changing Rooms.

"It was Ms Smillie's decision to leave, she has been with the show a long time and she wants to tackle other projects," said a spokesman.

Smillie will be seen on Changing Rooms into 2003 when a new presenter will be chosen.

Smillie's next project will be Channel 5's Dream Holiday Homes, in which viewers can win a place in the sun each week.

Smillie began her TV career as a hostess on the quiz show Wheel of Fortune before landing the Changing Rooms job.

In 1998 she was voted Rear of the Year, alongside comedian Frank Skinner.

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