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Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley announced as new regular hosts of ITV1's This Morning

They'll host Mondays through to Thursdays, with Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary hosting on Fridays.

Since the departure of previous hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, ITV’s flagship and longest running daytime show, This Morning, have been testing out a number of new presenters and today announced that Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley will be joining the This Morning family from March.

The news was announced via a bespoke promo on This Morning’s social media pages in which Ben walked down the familiar This Morning production corridor and placed a new photo of Cat on the wall, before turning to the camera as the photo comes to life, with Cat giving viewers one of her signature winks!

Expressing their joy of joining the This Morning presenting team on a regular basis, Ben said "This really feels like a very special moment for Cat and I to be part of the next chapter of This Morning. It’s an honour to be trusted with the reigns, join Alison and Dermot and all the team that work on and off screen and do such a great job."

"For the last ten years I’ve been waking up with our ITV daytime audience on GMB and I now look forward to spending time with Cat, welcoming the viewers home after the school run or from their early morning routines, with a cup of tea and a mix of everything that makes This Morning so loved."

To which Cat added "This Morning is a national institution. Whenever it’s on, it’s like having your friends over - funny, smart, silly, heartfelt, informative and joyful - like all the greatest friendships!"

"This Morning is and always will be the viewer’s show. Ben and I both know how much people love it, and with the help of an amazing team of people, we’re going to do our best to take care of it."

Ben and Cat will make their debut hosting This Morning next month and will front the Monday to Thursday shows, with Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary hosting on Fridays as usual.

Speaking about today's announcement, This Morning’s Editor, Martin Frizell said "The team and I have relished the opportunity to try new things these past few months and remind viewers what a massively talented team both on and off screen we have here at This Morning. We can’t wait to welcome Ben and Cat fully into the fold next month and witness the start of another exciting chapter in the show's 35 year journey."

And Managing Director, ITV Studios Daytime, Emma Gormley added "I feel immensely proud of everyone working on This Morning - for a programme that has evolved many times over the last 35 years, it remains just as relevant and exciting as ever. We are thrilled to have Ben and Cat as our new This Morning hosts and cannot wait to see them on that famous sofa together soon."

This Morning continues Mondays to Fridays at 10am on ITV1


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