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Viewers thrilled Cat Deeley back on UK screens as the cheerful star sits in for Lorraine Kelly

Cat Deeley is filling in for Lorraine Kelly this week on her eponymous morning show – and viewers were loving her debut on Tuesday.

Cat, 43, is making a triumphant return to British screens after living in the US for 14 years.

The star has moved back home in recent weeks, and fans were happy to have her on morning television again, where she made a name for herself in the 1990s.

‘Ray of sunshine!’ Cat Deeley is filling in for Lorraine Kelly this week on her eponymous morning show – and viewers were loving her debut on Tuesday

Ever-cheerful, the presenter sailed through the live broadcast effortlessly, looking radiant in a primrose yellow dress adorned with a pink and green floral pattern.

‘Cat Deeley on #lorraine is fabulous ❤ A happy ray of sunshine for the morning!’ one person gushed on Twitter.

Another penned: ‘@catdeeley you’re a refreshing breath of fresh air… So glad you’re back in UK!’

Another penned: ‘Great to see Cat on… so natural well done Cat… you[‘re] amazing!’

Ever-cheerful: The presenter sailed through the live broadcast effortlessly, looking radiant in a primrose yellow dress adorned with a pink and green floral pattern

Ever-cheerful: The presenter sailed through the live broadcast effortlessly, looking radiant in a primrose yellow dress adorned with a pink and green floral pattern

Fan-favourite! Cat Deeley on #lorraine is fabulous ❤ A happy ray of sunshine for the morning!' one person gushed on Twitter

Fan-favourite! Cat Deeley on #lorraine is fabulous ❤ A happy ray of sunshine for the morning!’ one person gushed on Twitter

Someone else gushed: ‘Ah love #CatDeeley on TV. She’s like a shot o strong coffee! A blast from the past [for] me!’

Another demanded Cat be ‘on UK TV all the time please’ while someone else demanded Lorraine be replaced with the starlet, tweeting: ‘Get #Lorraine off and #CatDeeley in. #itv is boring enough as it is with repetitive programmes each and everyday. Back to #bbc next week while Cat is off the TV!’

Cat had told Lorraine she was nervous about sitting in for her while the Scots presenter takes Easter off.

Making an appearance on Lorraine on Thursday, ahead of hosting the show, she said: ‘I hope I’m half as good as you Lorraine. I’m a little bit terrified I haven’t even been properly dressed from the waist down since God knows when!’

Terrified: Cat Deeley has confessed she's 'a little nervous' about standing in for Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show over the Easter break, as she marks her big return to UK TV

Terrified: Cat Deeley has confessed she’s ‘a little nervous’ about standing in for Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show over the Easter break, as she marks her big return to UK TV

After welcoming Cat onto the show, veteran broadcaster Lorraine told her: ‘I’m so glad you can do this! I think, obviously, you’ll be brilliant.’

And once Cat admitted to being ‘terrified’, Lorraine assured her: ‘You’ll have some fantastic fun. We’ve got some fantastic guests lined up.’

Later in the show, Lorraine revealed that all Cat has requested for her guest-hosting gig is bananas and coffee, with Cat confirming: ‘Those are my morning staples – really good, strong coffee and a ‘nana!’

Cat will fill in for the veteran broadcaster for five shows next week, and gushed she was looking forward to reuniting with some ‘old friends’ on the chat show.

Departure: The presenter will fill in for veteran broadcaster Lorraine Kelly (pictured) for five shows next week and gushed she was looking forward to reuniting with some 'old friends'

Departure: The presenter will fill in for veteran broadcaster Lorraine Kelly (pictured) for five shows next week and gushed she was looking forward to reuniting with some ‘old friends’

As promised, she welcomed Louise Redknapp on Tuesday, as the ladies reminisced about their time on SM:TV Live sketch The Further Adventures Of Cat The Dog.

This was a mainstay on the classic ITV children’s show, which debuted in 1998, with Louise, 46, making appearances as her sidekick in the sketch.

Cat famously sported a frizzy black wig and spectacles with her character’s signature mangled teeth as she recounted her clumsy adventures alongside her more glamorous co-star.

Hilarious: (L-R) Cat Deeley and Louise Redknapp reminisced about their time on SM:TV Live sketch The Further Adventures Of Cat The Dog when they reunited on Lorraine on Tuesday

Hilarious: (L-R) Cat Deeley and Louise Redknapp reminisced about their time on SM:TV Live sketch The Further Adventures Of Cat The Dog when they reunited on Lorraine on Tuesday

Chuckling as she viewed clips from the show, Louise said: ‘I used to catch those teeth now and again I think! There was never any judgement, I think sometimes if you mucked up as well that made the morning.

‘People enjoyed the party where your wig was falling off, or I forgot what I was doing because I was laughing at you.’

Elsewhere during their reunion, Louise spoke about her reasons for writing her revealing book You’ve Got This: And Other Things I Wish I Had Known.

Laugh: Cat and Louise were in fits of laughter as they looked back over their days on the show

Laugh: Cat and Louise were in fits of laughter as they looked back over their days on the show

Duo: The pair were seen getting into hilarious scrapes as they starred together in the sketches

Duo: The pair were seen getting into hilarious scrapes as they starred together in the sketches

She said: ‘There’s a lot of people out there that needed to read honesty from people and realise that their lives are similar. There’s a lot of lovely bits in the book as well.

‘I wanted to write a bit about everything. I’m hoping there’s something in the book for everybody, whether you are a mum who is hoping to get their kids into stage school, right up until the current day.’

The former Eternal star went on: ‘Lockdown has been a trying time. Homeschooling and all of those things have been pretty interesting, especially if you’ve got teenagers. But I really wanted to talk about the mum stuff in the book.

‘There are also struggles with being a mum. You struggle with the guilt, but also there’s amazing times, letting your kids just be a and grow up, and learning their own ways is important.’

Memorable costume: Cat was regularly seen sporting a frizzy black wig and spectacles with her character's signature mangled teeth

Memorable costume: Cat was regularly seen sporting a frizzy black wig and spectacles with her character’s signature mangled teeth

Remembering the teeth: Chuckling as she viewed clips from the show, singer Louise said, 'I used to catch those teeth now and again I think'

Remembering the teeth: Chuckling as she viewed clips from the show, singer Louise said, ‘I used to catch those teeth now and again I think’

Louise, who shares her sons with ex-husband Jamie Redknapp, also proudly informed Cat that her sons are starting to show her affection once again. 

She said: ‘The good news is that it does happen, the kisses when you get out of the car do stop, but it comes back. My eldest Charlie is nearly 17, and is very proud to give his mum a hug and a cuddle, slightly embarrassing!’

However, while the teens dote on their mother, they’re far less affected by the fame she has enjoyed over the past few decades.

‘To them I’m just mum,’ admitted Louise. ‘We see TV and music videos out and about, but when I come indoors, it’s hair in a ponytail, tracksuit, shouting up the stairs for someone to come downstairs and eat the food I’ve cooked for them.’

However, she revealed, there is more music to come, as Louise told Cat: ‘I’m currently writing in the studio, a very weird experience over Zoom. I’m writing new music most definitely, just loving doing the music as you imagine.’

Tome: Elsewhere during their reunion, Louise spoke about her reasons for writing her revealing book You've Got This: And Other Things I Wish I Had Known

Tome: Elsewhere during their reunion, Louise spoke about her reasons for writing her revealing book You’ve Got This: And Other Things I Wish I Had Known

Affection: Louise, who shares her sons with ex-husband Jamie Redknapp, also proudly informed Cat that her sons are starting to show her affection once again

Affection: Louise, who shares her sons with ex-husband Jamie Redknapp, also proudly informed Cat that her sons are starting to show her affection once again

Last week, Cat confessed she was ‘a little nervous’ about standing in for Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show over the Easter break, as she marks her big return to UK TV.

The presenter, who was based in the US for 14 years before recently returning to England, made an appearance on Lorraine on Thursday, ahead of hosting the show. 

She said: ‘I hope I’m half as good as you Lorraine. I’m a little bit terrified I haven’t even been properly dressed from the waist done since God knows when!’

After welcoming Cat onto the show, veteran broadcaster Lorraine told her: ‘I’m so glad you can do this! I think, obviously, you’ll be brilliant.’

Terrified: Last week, Cat confessed she was 'a little nervous' about standing in for Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show over the Easter break, as she marks her big return to UK TV

Terrified: Last week, Cat confessed she was ‘a little nervous’ about standing in for Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show over the Easter break, as she marks her big return to UK TV

And once Cat admitted to being ‘terrified’, Lorraine assured her: ‘You’ll have some fantastic fun. We’ve got some fantastic guests lined up.’

Later in the show, Lorraine revealed that all Cat has requested for her guest-hosting gig is bananas and coffee, with Cat confirming: ‘Those are my morning staples – really good, strong coffee and a ‘nana!’

Cat is filling in for the veteran broadcaster for five shows this week, and gushed she was looking forward to reuniting with some ‘old friends’ on the chat show.

She said in a statement: ‘Lorraine has kindly entrusted me with her show while she has a break over Easter.

Departure: The presenter is filling in for veteran broadcaster Lorraine Kelly (pictured) for five shows this week and gushed she was looking forward to reuniting with some 'old friends'

Departure: The presenter is filling in for veteran broadcaster Lorraine Kelly (pictured) for five shows this week and gushed she was looking forward to reuniting with some ‘old friends’

‘I’m so happy to be back at ITV for the coming week and looking forward to meeting some people I’ve wanted to interview for sometime and also welcoming some old friends on air.’

It comes after Cat returned to British screens earlier this year by reuniting with her SM:TV co-hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly for a hilarious revival of their iconic sketch Chums.

And during her appearance on ITV’s Lorraine on Thursday, Cat spoke about reuniting with the presenting duo, as she also disclosed her stipulations. 

She recalled: ‘I always said to them, don’t try and trick me with makeup and prosthetics because I will know you. They kept me completely in the dark.

US success: During her time in the US, Cat hosted popular TV show So You Think You Can Dance from the second season, presenting every episode from 2006 onward

US success: During her time in the US, Cat hosted popular TV show So You Think You Can Dance from the second season, presenting every episode from 2006 onward

‘Declan was above so I never saw him and Ant wore that giant costume which they told me was the work experience guy. If I had known it was Ant in that outfit, I would have just let the fire burn.’

Reminiscing about their days on SMTV, she said: ‘We always say it was the best time of our lives and we didn’t really know it at the time. I try and tell my boys now.

‘Milo, my oldest one, woke up and called out for me and said, “Mum you know your brothers, why did they do that to you?” First, they’re not my brothers! I said to them, when you have to start paying for his therapy later in life…

‘It got to a stage where we were all so comfortable with each other. We ended up doing things to trip each other up. I remember sticking notes in things. We were just having so much fun.’

Travel: Cat also discussed the possibility of commuting to the US for weeks at a time for work

Travel: Cat also discussed the possibility of commuting to the US for weeks at a time for work

During her time in the US, Cat hosted popular TV show So You Think You Can Dance from the second season, presenting every episode from 2006 onward.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly thwarted plans for the show’s return to screens last year and this year, with the Fox series now sitting in limbo. 

Discussing the logistics, Cat told Lorraine: ‘There’s just no way of us making that show. It’s just not possible. We need to get people from all over the country and they need to be able to dance together.

‘When I flew back here, I shot about five episodes of a Disney show and we’re still waiting to hear what’s going to happen with that. You just don’t know what’s going to happen next.

Back together! It comes after Cat returned to British screens earlier this year by reuniting with her SMTV co-hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly on Saturday Night Takeaway

Back together! It comes after Cat returned to British screens earlier this year by reuniting with her SMTV co-hosts Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly on Saturday Night Takeaway

‘We can be based here and the boys can go to school and see their friends and family and if I need to pop back for two weeks and then come back I can do that.’

It’s thought that guests during Cat’s guest-hosting stint on Lorraine will include Cat’s longtime friend Louise Redknapp, as well as Stacey Solomon and EastEnders star Melanie Hill.

Cat will present Lorraine from next week beginning April 5, with Ranvir Singh set to present the following week from April 12.

Lorraine editor Victoria Kennedy added: ‘Next week the lovely Cat Deeley will take to the helm of Lorraine, providing viewers at home with much-needed Easter enjoyment.

Back home: After living in the United States for many years, Cat returned to the UK last year with her husband Patrick Kielty so they could live closer to her British family

Back home: After living in the United States for many years, Cat returned to the UK last year with her husband Patrick Kielty so they could live closer to her British family

‘As a huge fan of SMTV, I’m more than just a bit delighted. And of course we look forward to welcoming Ranvir back too. We’ve got a great lineup of Easter guests joining us.’

Cat lived happily in Los Angeles with her husband Patrick Kielty for over 14 years. However they put their Beverly Hills mansion on the market for $4.9 million (£3.8 million), in August last year. 

The couple now reside in a north London property together with their sons Milo, five, and James two, so that they can live closer to their British family.  

A source told The Sun: ‘Cat was discussing putting the house up for sale months ago, they didn’t want to rent it out because they were considering buying a property in the UK. This is more of a permanent move. 

‘She is a household name, and they both made it work in LA, but Patrick gets a lot more work back home, and she could always fly back and forth when the pandemic eases up.’ 

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 for a reprisal of their iconic SMTV Chums sketch on Saturday Night Takeaway.

Later in the show, Cat was hilariously duped by her pals as she unwittingly appeared in their undercover segment.

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Pals: The trio revived their iconic Chums sketch with a star-studded cast, leaving fans thrilled with the trip down memory lane

Pals: The trio revived their iconic Chums sketch with a star-studded cast, leaving fans thrilled with the trip down memory lane


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