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Confirmed as presenters for This Morning are Cat Deeley and Ben Shephard.
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Confirmed as presenters for This Morning are Cat Deeley and Ben Shephard.

ITV has officially announced Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley as the hosts of This Morning.

The pair assume hosting duties following the departures of the previous hosts, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, who departed last year.

Shephard, the host of Good Morning Britain on the same network, expressed, “Being a part of the next phase of This Morning truly feels like a significant moment for Cat and me.”

Ben Shephard.

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“It is a privilege to be entrusted with the responsibility, alongside Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary, to work with the dedicated team both on and off camera who consistently do an exceptional job.”

Deeley, known for co-hosting the popular ITV children’s music show CD:UK with Willoughby, referred to This Morning as a “national treasure.”

She stated, “When it’s playing, it feels like your friends are over – full of humor, intelligence, playfulness, sincerity, knowledge, and happiness – just like the best friendships.”

O’Leary and Hammond, who host This Morning on Fridays, were among the stars congratulating the pair. Commenting on an Instagram video announcing the news, O’Leary wrote: “Huzzah! Welcome to the fam,” while Hammond wrote: “So excited about this.”

Josie Gibson, who has appeared on the show I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! and is a TV host on This Morning, shared her excitement for a work welcome party by posting: “I sense a work welcome party in the near future!!!!!”

Source: theguardian.com