Cat Deeley has confessed to being ‘a little nervous’ replacing Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show over the Easter holidays as she marks her big return to UK TV.
The 43-year-old presenter, who lived in the US for 14 years before recently returning to England, appeared in Lorraine on Thursday, prior to hosting the show.
She said, “I hope I’m half as good as you, Lorraine. I’m a little worried that I’m not even well dressed from the waist down since God knows when! ‘
Terrified: Cat Deeley has confessed to being ‘a little nervous’ about replacing Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show over the Easter holidays as she marks her big return to UK TV
Cat will fill in for the veteran broadcaster for five shows next week, looking forward to reuniting with some ‘old friends’ on the chat show.
It comes after Cat returned to UK screens earlier this year by reuniting with her SMTV co-hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly for a hilarious revival of their iconic sketch Chums.
And during her performance on ITV’s Lorraine on Thursday, Cat spoke of reuniting with the presenting duo, as she also revealed her stipulations.
She recalled, “I’ve always said to them, don’t try to trick me with makeup and prosthetics, because I’ll know you. They kept me completely in the dark.
Departure: The presenter will fill in for veteran broadcaster Lorraine Kelly (pictured) for five shows next week and said she was looking forward to reuniting with some ‘old friends’
“Declan was upstairs, so I never saw him, and Ant was wearing that gigantic costume they said was the work experience man. If I had known it was Ant in that outfit, I would have just let the fire burn. ‘
Recalling their days on SMTV, she said, ‘We always say this was the best time of our lives and we didn’t really know it back then. I’m trying to tell my boys now.
Milo, my oldest, woke up and called to me and said, “Mom, you know your brothers, why did they do that to you?” First of all, they are not my brothers! I told them if you have to pay for his therapy later in life …
It got to a point where we all felt so comfortable together. We ended up doing things to stumble each other. I remember pasting notes into things. We just had so much fun. ‘
During her stay in the US, Cat hosted the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance from season 2, and from 2006 she hosted every episode.
Success in the US: During her stay in the US, Cat hosted the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance from season 2, and from 2006 she hosted every episode
However, the COVID-19 pandemic has abruptly thwarted plans for the show’s return to screens last year and this year, with the Fox series now in limbo.
While discussing logistics, Cat told Lorraine, “We just can’t make that show. It simply is not possible. We need people from all over the country and they need to be able to dance together.
“ When I flew back here, I did about five episodes of a Disney show and we’re still waiting to see what will happen with that. You just don’t know what’s going to happen next.
“We can be located here and the boys can go to school and see their friends and family and if I have to go back two weeks and then I can do that.”
Together again! It comes after Cat returned to UK screens earlier this year by reuniting with her SMTV co-hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly on Saturday Night Takeaway.
Speak against The mirror Speaking of hosting Lorraine, Cat said, “ I’m so happy to be back at ITV for the next week and look forward to meeting some of the people I’ve been wanting to interview for a while and also seeing some old friends in the US. to welcome ether. ‘
Guests are thought to include Cat’s longtime friend Louise Redknapp, as well as Stacey Solomon and EastEnders star Melanie Hill.
Cat will be presenting Lorraine starting next week, starting April 5, while Ranvir Singh will be presenting the following week starting April 12.
Lorraine editor Victoria Kennedy added: ‘Next week, lovely Cat Deeley will take over from Lorraine and provide viewers at home with much-needed Easter fun.
Back Home: After living in the United States for many years, Cat returned to the UK with her husband Patrick Kielty last year so they could live closer to her British family
As a huge SMTV fan, I am more than a little delighted. And of course we look forward to welcoming Ranvir again. We have a great line-up of Easter guests joining us. ‘
Cat lived happily in Los Angeles for over 14 years with her husband Patrick Kielty. However, they put their Beverly Hills mansion on the market last August for $ 4.9 million (£ 3.8 million).
The couple now live with their sons Milo, five and James two, in a property in North London so they can live closer to their British family.
A source said The sun: ‘Cat was discussing putting the house up for sale months ago, they didn’t want to rent it out as they were considering buying a home in the UK. This is more of a permanent move.
“She’s a household name and they both made it work in LA, but Patrick gets a lot more work at home and she can always fly back and forth when the pandemic wears off.”
The insider added that both Cat and Patrick were ‘more than ready for this’ as they dream of raising their children in the UK.
Last month, Cat delighted fans when she reunited with Ant and Dec in retaliation for their iconic SMTV Chums skit on Saturday Night Takeaway.
Later in the show, Cat was hilariously cheated on by her pals when she unwittingly appeared in their undercover segment.
Pals: The trio has revived their iconic Chums skit with a star-studded cast, leaving fans happy with the trip down memory lane