JACKIE Bird has said she will not host Hogmanay coverage on the BBC for the first time in 20 years.

The legendary presenter said she ‘didn’t feel right’ about presenting a revamped New Year special and turned down the opportunity.

She said: “All I can say is BBC Scotland are reworking the evening and are broadcasting a pre-recorded programme.

“Of course I know what it is but it’s not fair on them to let the cat out of the bag.

“They asked me to cover the live insert from Edinburgh, which is around the midnight hour. That didn’t feel right and I declined.

“Hogmanay is a hugely prestigious night for BBC Scotland and they’ve decided to rework it, which is completely their prerogative.

"I wish them well and hope it’s a huge success.”

The Daily Record reports that it is understood Jackie was asked to front a 10-minute live segment leading up to the bells in Edinburgh city centre as part of a reduced segment.

The new-look show would see live coverage cut in half – going down from one hour to 30 minutes – with the rest pre-recorded.

The TV personality also admitted that she would be lost over how to spend her New Year's Eve.

She said: "What am I going to do on Hogmanay? It’s going to be a hard habit to break.

“On the night, you’ll probably find me in the middle of the living room with a pretend microphone counting down to midnight and being told by the family to sit down and shut up so they can watch the telly.

“But, seriously, having a free night after all these years means I’ll certainly be up for a party.”