Forty seven year old Cat recently returned to UK screens after nearly two decades in America, after moving back here with her comedian husband Patrick Kielty and their two children, Milo, seven, and James, five.
Insiders at ITV have hinted that the producers have been eager to get Cat Deeley on the show “for a while”, after Holly Willoughby decided to leave last month to spend more time with her family.
Phillip Schofield, her former co-host, also left when his relationship with a younger male colleague became public knowledge.
Bosses were said to be holding ‘live auditions’ to find their new presenter, with several big names hosting the show during Josie’s absence to find ‘the one’.
Rumours are even swirling that Cat’s hubby Patrick might be given a shot as a co-host, with the aim of recreating the magic of Richard and Judy, who hosted This Morning from its start in 1988 until 2001.
A source told The Sun: “Cat and Pat has a great ring to it. A married couple hosting This Morning again would be the dream… although to just have Cat would be perfect too.”
Fans are also calling for Cat, who first became famous in the Nineties as co-host of SMTV Live with Ant and Dec, to become a regular fixture. One fan said: “Big fan of Cat Deeley. So happy that she’s joined the This Morning family. I enjoy her pairing with Craig and Rylan. This mix across days is great.”
Another fan commented: “Sign up Cat Deeley. Such a natural and paired really well with Rylan.” A third added: “Breath of fresh air love these two. Cat is a true professional. No silliness. Her and Rylan are gold.” A fourth admitted: “I will be honest I didn’t think I’d like Cat… but honestly these two together are great!!!!” While a fifth suggested: “Don’t lose this pair. Cat for Dancing on Ice too.”
Cat, who later hosted So You Think You Can Dance in the US, used to live in LA but chose to return to the UK due to worries about school shootings in America as their two boys grew older.
Last week, Rylan opened the show saying: “Hello and welcome to Monday’s This Morning, what a way to start the week, TV legend Cat Deeley is in the studio!”
Cat responded: “Hello and good morning, can you believe they’ve let two of the naughtiest people in television live on ITV This Morning”, with Rylan joking: “Now this is officially the end, just letting you all know guys, this is how it ends with us two!”
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