Vernon Kay reveals he will step in as guest host for the first time on This Morning – following Phillip Schofield’s NTA nomination snub
Vernon Kay has revealed he will step in as guest host for the first time on This Morning for three days later this month.
Regular host Phillip Schofield, 59, will be replaced by Vernon on the ITV magazine show from 31 August, it has been announced.
The former Family Fortunes host, 47, who will host alongside stand-in Rochelle Humes, 32, said he’s ‘beside himself with excitement’ following the news.
Hooray! Vernon Kay has revealed he will step in as guest host for the first time on This Morning for three days later this month
Phil recently snubbed by the National Television Awards, while his co-stars on the ITV daytime show Holly Willoughby, 40, Alison Hammond, 46, and Dermot O’Leary, 48, received nominations.
Vernon told The Sun: ‘To be asked to guest host on a show I’ve watched since its inception is a huge tick for me.’
The Saturdays singer added: ‘I also can’t wait to welcome Vernon Kay into the This Morning family.’
According to the newspaper’s sources, his hiring is part of a drive to try out new talent, since Phil has been fronting the show since as early as 2002.
On his holiday: Regular host Phillip Schofield , 59, will be replaced by Vernon on the ITV magazine show from 31 August, it has been announced
Nominations for this year’s NTAs were announced on Tuesday, with fellow This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Alison Hammond receiving nods in the shortlist, ahead of the ceremony next month.
Holly and Alison will compete opposite veteran winners Ant and Dec, both 45, who have been nominated for a record 20th year in a row.
The duo have been longtime winners of the award ever since they first scooped the prize in 2002, but will face stiff competition from Holly and Alison this year.
Holly and Phil have continued to delight viewers with their on-screen antics while hosting This Morning during the Covid pandemic, while in September Alison took over as host of the show’s Friday edition alongside Dermot O’Leary.
Head-to-head: It comes as she and fellow This Morning presenter Alison Hammond landed a nod for Best TV Presenter in this year’s National Television Awards (pictured in 2021)
Also nominated is Bradley Walsh, 61, for his work hosting The Chase, as well as Piers Morgan for his stint presenting Good Morning Britain before he quit the show back in March.
Once again This Morning has also been nominated for Best Daytime, and will compete opposite Loose Women, The Repair Shop and The Chase.
The mid-morning show has long dominated the category, winning for the past 10 years in a row.
The shortlist for the NTAs opened on Tuesday, and the public will be able to vote online until Thursday September 9.
Eureka! Ant (left) and Dec (right) are veteran winners and have been nominated for a record 20th year in a row
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