Siân Welby has said being compared to Holly Willoughby is “a huge compliment” as she admitted her time on This Morning felt “like a fever dream”.
Last month, the Capital Breakfast presenter, 37, joined Dermot O’Leary to co-host the ITV show amid claims her lovelorn bosses had declared her the “next Holly”.
Since their time on the show, Cat, 47, and Ben Shephard, 49, have been introduced as the new permanent presenters of This Morning. They are set to make their debut next month, fafter the departure of Holly and Philip Schofield.
speaking to Sun‘s Fabulous Magazine, Siân explained: ‘I think if you take any job where someone has been there for years, you’re going to get comparisons.
‘Obviously it doesn’t offend me because I love Holly, she’s an idol to me. I see it as a huge compliment! But at the same time I don’t read anything into it.’
Siân Welby, 37, said being compared to Holly Willoughby is “a huge compliment” and admitted her time on This Morning felt “like a fever dream”.
Last month, the Capital Breakfast presenter joined Dermot O’Leary as co-host of the ITV show amid claims love-struck bosses had declared her the “next Holly” (Holly pictured in September).
The radio host added that she is grateful to be starring on This Morning and shared her hopes of returning in the future.
He continued: “Now it seems like a fever dream. Did that really happen? And it is somewhat addictive, because you feel a great rush of adrenaline. I did it from Monday to Thursday, and Friday was kind of a comedown after being so high.
‘Seeing comments saying I was a breath of fresh air was lovely. As the new kid on the block, I was bracing myself for some negativity, but wow, people really gave me a chance and didn’t rule me out. “That moved me a lot.”
Viewers praised her debut when she took over last month, saying she was doing a “great job” and “brought fun to the show.”
ITV bosses were also said to have been impressed with Sian after several appearances on the show as a showbiz reporter.
Network sources said she was a ‘rising star’ and they wanted to give her a chance to host the daytime show.
One told MailOnline: ‘Sian has many years of presenting experience under her belt, and is marked out as a star of the future.
“He’s already done very well on This Morning so bosses thought it was time to give him the reins of the whole show rather than just segments.”
Speaking to The Sun’s Fabulous Magazine, Siân explained: “Obviously I’m not offended because I love Holly, she’s an idol to me.” I see it as a great compliment!’ (pictured with Dermot)
It has been confirmed that Cat Deeley, 47, will take up the role from Monday, March 11 alongside Ben Shephard.
They continued: “Viewers love having a fresh new face on the show, so everyone involved is really excited.”
Last month, inside sources revealed that Cat and Ben had landed the coveted permanent hosting roles following the departure of stalwart stars Holly and Phil.
It was alleged that Cat wanted Rylan Clark as co-host instead of Ben and “will not receive special treatment” to allow her her Monday-Thursday role on This Morning and continue her £344k-a-season role on the American dance show.
Sources revealed: ‘Cat will not receive any special treatment… She will not be given time off to film the next series of So You Think You Can Dance.’ Then she has to make that decision, she’s one or the other, end of.’
Cat is said to have “really wanted the job” but was worried about her husband Patrick Kielty’s commitments in Ireland and how they would juggle jobs.