Fans delighted as This Morning reveal summer hosts covering Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley's seven week break

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11 Jul 2024, 15:56

Cat Deeley and  Ben Shephard on This Morning.

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This Morning viewers have reacted as presenters Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley have announced their seven-week break from This Morning and the hosts who will be standing in for them.

The new hosts, who joined the infamous TV sofa in March, are set to be away from the show for nearly two months, returning on 2nd September.

Recognisable faces including Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary will start the summer proceedings from Monday 15th July, then they will be on rotation with Josie Gibson, Craig Doyle, Rylan Clark, Rochelle Humes, Joel Dommett and Sian Welby.



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This Morning's editor, Martin Frizell, said: "Viewers will not want to miss a moment this summer! 

"The shows will be packed and whatever the weather, the team in front of the cameras and behind will deliver plenty of content to keep the nation smiling."

He added: "I'm delighted Alison and Dermot are kicking things off and together with our brilliant family of hosts - made up of the biggest names in TV - they will be serving up really exciting content on Britain's biggest daytime show."

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In related ITV daytime telly news, Susanna Reid also made an announcement on GMB to let viewers know she'll be away for a while.

She told co-host Ed Balls and viewers: "I'm going to say goodbye because it's now time for me to go off on a break, which means I say goodbye to you at home."

The presenter added: "You never know, I might pop up in the meantime, but otherwise I will be back in September!"

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Fans took to social media to comment on the This Morning news. One wrote: "Ben and Cat doing a Phil & Holly and breaking up for the summer very early, which is only a good thing. Alison & Dermot, Dermot & Rochelle, Craig & Josie, Josie & Rylan, Rylan & Rochelle, Joel & Rochelle and Craig & Sian the summer line up."

A second noted: "Ben and Cat only joined #ThisMorning back in April of this year."

A third penned: "We'll have the Olympics as a distraction for the weeks Ben and Cat are away. Surprising how quick we'll take to dressage and synchronised swimming."

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Last month, Alison Hammond and Josie Gibson teamed up on This Morning, with the latter standing in for regular Dermot O’Leary, and the pair fully embraced being a dynamic duo, by kicking off the show with a Thelma and Louise-style sketch.

Donning massive sunglasses and head scarfs, Josie and Alison entered the studios in style, driving an open top classic Thunderbird car, complete with an ‘ALI JOSI3’ number plate.

In March, Ben and Cat took over from Holly Willoughby, who left This Morning in 2023, while Phillip Schofield departed a few months earlier after an “unwise but not illegal” relationship with a This Morning colleague. 

In the duo's opening show, Cat’s SMTV: Live co-stars Ant and Dec sent in a video message to say “good luck” to the new duo, while Ben’s Ninja Warrior and Goals on Sunday co-star and friend Chris Kamara also joined in the fun with a much more wholesome message.

Earlier this week, Kammy joined Ben on the sofa to update fans about his ongoing health journey with apraxia.

The beloved sports commentator and TV star shared how he’s recently been “doing great” followinga difficult early time dealing with his diagnosis.

This Morning airs Monday to Friday from 10am on ITV.