Cat Deeley ‘joins This Morning as host’ after Holly Willoughby exit

Cat Deeley is reportedly stepping in as the new host on ITV's This Morning, following Holly Willoughby's exit.

The 47 year old TV star is set to join Rylan Clark on the popular morning show on November 13 and 14 and she will then present alongside Craig Doyle on November 15. 

A source shared that Cat is a 'seasoned pro' and has been on the show's radar for a while. They said she's great with live TV and has a knack for making guests feel at ease.

"She is comfortable interviewing both popstars and politicians, so if it goes well she could be a much more permanent solution to Holly leaving. Cat would be a safe captain to steady the ship," the insider told The Sun.

The source also mentioned Rylan's success on the show, hinting that fans can expect to see more of him.

OK! have contacted representatives for Cat Deeley for comment.

The news comes after Holly's sudden departure from the show over a month ago. ITV has been on the hunt for a permanent replacement since.

Holly shared a heartfelt goodbye message on social media: "I have let ITV know today that after 14 years, I will not be returning to This Morning.

"To everyone who has ever worked on the show over the years, thank you so, so much. This is such a difficult goodbye, you are incredible and I forever will be proud of what we've done together."

She continued: "Most of all, thank you to the wonderful viewers. You've been so loyal, so supportive and the very best company every day.

Richard and Judy said 'we only look after this show, it will always belong to the viewers'. Thank you to everyone at ITV for being supportive. To every guest who has sat on our sofa, thank you.

"It's been an honour to just be part of it's story and I know this story has many chapters left to go. Sadly, however, I now feel I have to make this decision for me and my family. I will miss you all so much."

Holly had been a long-time host of the show, and her exit followed Phillip Schofield's departure in May after 21 years.

Phil stepped down amid a wave of scandal after admitting to having an "unwise but not illegal" affair with a younger male colleague.

While fans will have to wait and see how ITV bosses choose to proceed with the show, fans have been begging for them to make Rylan Clark, 35, and Josie Gibson, 38, the main presenters after an exceptional double act last week.

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