Rylan Clark and Cat Deeley on the set of This Morning
With Holly Willoughby leaving the show last month, This Morning viewers have been left wondering who will replace her as presenter.
Over the weeks, a host of famous faces – including This Morning regulars Josie Gibson, Rochelle Humes and Alison Hammond – have all stepped up to the mark, and on Monday (13 November) it was the turn of Cat Deeley to have a go.
Joined by Rylan Clark as co-presenter, viewers were quick to heap praise on Cat, who has been hailed as a “breath of fresh air”.
“Absolutely loving Cat and Rylan on This Morning,” one viewer wrote on X/Twitter. “It’s been years since I’ve enjoyed watching This Morning. Finally, it’s back to its best with two amazing hosts!”
Meanwhile, another agreed: “Who else thinks Rylan and [Cat] should be permanent presenters on [This Morning]?”
Wow! What a great pairing! Absolutely a breath of fresh air, @catdeeley is a delight ! Great presenter & lovely lady, congrats & good luck, 😍👍
— jill 💙🇬🇷 (@mrs_hanleyjill) November 13, 2023
— Claire Bear (@ClaireGormley04) November 13, 2023
— Joanna 🦩 (@LeggyBird84) November 13, 2023
— Ruth Jordan (@ruthiejordan05) November 13, 2023
— Fiona McGann (@FionaMcGann1) November 13, 2023
— Carol (@merryend23) November 13, 2023
Cat is like a breath of fresh air, love her, so funny and entertaining, nailed it
— Julia Selwood (@JuliaSelwood) November 13, 2023
— ....S e z z y…. (@sezzera) November 13, 2023
15 mins it, Cracked it . @catdeeley is your lady. Professional , classy yet fun.
— Louisa W (@ELLIEJAYE) November 13, 2023
— Mrs Elizabeth Greagsbey (@Mrs_E_L_G) November 13, 2023
Of course, Cat’s This Morning debut wouldn’t have been complete without a game of Wonky Donkey.
The “say what you see” rhyming game – which Cat previously used to play on SM:TV Live with her co-presenters Ant and Dec back in the late 90s – saw viewers call in and give their answers.
Rylan and Cat brought back Wonky Donkey as a one-off
Prior to their appearance on This Morning, Rylan practically had the game written into their contract, joking that he “wasn’t doing it” if they didn’t play Wonky Donkey on the show.
— R Y L A N (@Rylan) November 9, 2023
Similarly, fans went wild for Wonky Donkey, as one viewer said: “Cat Deeley is brilliant and I’m glad to see Wonkey Donkey.”
Another added: “I’m surprised how good This Morning is today actually I think cat and Rylan are a good fit it doesn’t seem awkward at all and I’m loving wonky donkey.”
— Danni Dyer 🤌🏼 (@nursedoubled) November 13, 2023
— Stacey Baxter (@BaxterStacey71) November 13, 2023
Loving wonky donkey daily @thismorning these are what the show needed for so long ❤️
— Ashlee (@Itsonlyforeva) November 13, 2023
Rylan was gunna have a heart attack playing Wonky Donkey#ThisMorning
— Jonsta (@Jonsta1990) November 13, 2023
— luke roden (@roden_luke) November 13, 2023
— Deb Dupree (@DupreeDeb) November 13, 2023
After impressing on her first day, Cat will be back on the This Morning sofa on Tuesday and Wednesday.
This Morning airs every weekday from 10am on ITV1.