COMEDY legend Jennifer Saunders will fill in for Rita Ora on The Masked Singer, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
Singing sensation Rita, 33, has had to pull out of some episodes of the upcoming season due to work commitments.
Fortunately, ITV has managed to rope in some big names to fill her shoes.
One of them is Ab Fab star Jennifer, 65, who is sure to bring plenty of laughs and energy to the panel alongside Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall and Mo Gilligan.
A source said: "Jennifer is only filling in for the one show but everyone involved is really excited about it.
"She's a national treasure and is bound to go down a treat with viewers. It's a real coup for the show."
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Rita's absence is only temporary and she will definitely feature in the new series of The Masked Singer.
A source previously said: “The show is a huge part of Rita’s life but her hectic schedule means she is going to miss a couple of shows in the upcoming series.
“Filming on the new instalment begins in the coming weeks and Rita is going to be there when she can.
“The show’s bosses are lining up some stellar celebrity guests to hold the fort while Rita is off and they can’t wait to surprise fans with who they have booked.”
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Last month it was revealed that Rita was stepping in for Nicole Scherzinger on the American version of the hit competition.
And given Nicole is going to be in the UK starring in West End show Sunset Boulevard later this month, it may be that Nicole returns the favour for Rita by stepping in for her.
Rita confirmed she would be back and said of missing some shows: “I’m gutted to be missing some episodes on the new season but keeping my seat warm are some great guest panellists who I’m told are also super competitive and will keep the others on their toes, especially Jonathan! Bring it on.”
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