After Cat Deeley, who took over for former host Holly Willoughby on This Morning, made her debut, viewers have officially voiced their opinions.
Since October, when Willoughby announced her resignation from the show after 14 years, the ITV flagship program has had a rotating cast of presenters. She said she was stepping down “for me and my family.”
The show’s presenter verified Deeley’s appointment on social media over the weekend, and the 47-year-old former SMTV star appeared very at ease when she joined co-host Rylan Clark on Monday’s episode for the first of three days.
After introducing what was to come on the show, Deeley turned to Clark and joked: “Can you believe they’ve let two of the naughtiest people in television live on ITV?”
To which the former X Factor finalist then quipped: “This is officially the end”.
Subsequently, Deeley disclosed that this was not her first time hosting the show; in 2003, she had joined Paul O’Grady to commemorate Cilla Black’s 60th birthday.
Viewers found Deeley and Clark to be a winning combination, and they poured their opinions onto X, the former name for Twitter.
“Ah it’s lovely to see Cat Deeley presenting with Rylan. Dream Team,” wrote one person, with another agreeing: “Give Cat the job permanently.”
“@Rylan great team with Cat today on This Morning,” praised a third.
While a fourth added: “I already feel in safe hands with Cat Deeley. And of course, Rylan is always a joy.”
On Tuesday, Deeley will be back with Clark; on her last day, Craig Doyle will join her.
Doyle will be joined by Alison Hammond on Thursday, and Dermot O’Leary will then join the Brummie personality for their customary Friday show.