Cat Deeley Faces Criticism Over Hosting Style on ITV's "This Morning"

New Hosting Duo Faces Mixed Viewer Feedback on ITV

by Nouman Rasool
Cat Deeley Faces Criticism Over Hosting Style on ITV's "This Morning"
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The recent transition of hosts on ITV's beloved morning show, "This Morning," has sparked a mix of reactions among its dedicated viewership. The introduction of Cat Deeley, aged 47, alongside Ben Shephard, 49, as replacements for the iconic duo Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, has particularly caught the audience's attention since their debut on March 11.

While the new hosting partnership has received a warm welcome from many, there's a growing chorus of viewers expressing dissatisfaction with Deeley's approach to presenting. Criticisms have particularly focused on her tendency to interrupt and speak over guests, a point of contention that became notably evident during a segment featuring MasterChef's John Torode, who was on the show to demonstrate a curry recipe.

Feedback from the audience on X, previously known as Twitter, highlights the frustration. One viewer lamented, "Too much talking and interruption is already making this curry recipe too complicated to follow. Cat, stop talking all the time!

Just let somebody else speak." Another expressed their decision to stop watching: "I've turned it off as Cat's annoying me; she won't let anyone else speak."

Deeley's Style Evaluated

The concerns about Deeley's presenting style even prompted co-host Ben Shephard to lightly admonish her on-air to "stop talking" and "listen," especially noted during a fashion segment with Claire Richards.

Despite these critiques, it's important to note that Deeley and Shephard's dynamic has also been met with praise. Some viewers appreciate the fresh energy they bring to the show, with comments like, "Caught a little bit of them hosting #thismorning and what a breath of fresh air they are," and "I am definitely a fan of Ben and Cat, great vibe and guests seem more at ease." As the new hosts continue to settle into their roles, it remains to be seen how this feedback will shape the future presentation of "This Morning." The show, renowned for its engaging content and beloved by millions, continues to adapt and evolve in response to its audience's preferences.