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Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley replace Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield as This Morning hosts

Ben and Cat take over following Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby's departures

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Nicky Morris
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Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley are officially joining the This Morning family as new hosts following the departures of Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield last year.

The news was announced at the beginning of Friday's show during the credits, which saw Ben walking down the production corridor and placing a photo of Cat on the wall. 

"See you soon," he says, before Cat gives one of her signature winks from the photo frame. Watch it in the clip below. 

WATCH: This Morning reveals Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley as new hosts

Friday hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary then confirmed the news, with Dermot saying: "Welcome to This Morning and Ben and Cat, welcome to the family."

Alison added: "We're so, so happy. The news is finally out."

Ben Shephard and Holly Willoughby sat on a sofa© Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Ben Shephard is joining the show following Holly Willoughby's exit

Sharing his excitement, Dermot continued: "We know them well, I started my career with Ben at T4… and we've known Cat for so long as well," prompting Alison to recall the first time she met Cat in Los Angeles. 

Cat Deeley wore a stunning layered trouser suit on This Morning© Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Cat Deeley will host her first show as a new presenter in March

Cat and Ben will make their debut as new presenters in March and will front the Monday to Thursday shows.

On joining the show, Ben said: "This really feels like a very special moment for Cat and I to be part of the next chapter of This Morning. It’s an honour to be trusted with the reigns, join Alison and Dermot and all the team that work on and off screen and do such a great job. 

"For the last ten years I’ve been waking up with our ITV daytime audience on GMB and I now look forward to spending time with Cat, welcoming the viewers home after the school run or from their early morning routines, with a cup of tea and a mix of everything that makes This Morning so loved."

Dermot O'Leary, Alison Hammond on
'This Morning'© Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond remain as Friday hosts

Cat added: "This Morning is a national institution. Whenever it’s on, it’s like having your friends over - funny, smart, silly, heartfelt, informative and joyful - like all the greatest friendships! 

"This Morning is and always will be the viewer’s show. Ben and I both know how much people love it, and with the help of an amazing team of people, we’re going to do our best to take care of it."

This Morning’s Editor, Martin Frizell said: "The team and I have relished the opportunity to try new things these past few months and remind viewers what a massively talented team both on and off screen we have here at This Morning. We can’t wait to welcome Ben and Cat fully into the fold next month and witness the start of another exciting chapter in the show's 35 year journey."

It's been a tumultuous year for the show following the departures of Holly and Phillip. 

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning sofa© Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby left This Morning last year

Holly revealed she would be stepping down after 14 years in October. In her full statement, she "thanked everyone who has ever worked on the show over the years", adding: "This is such a difficult goodbye." She also explained that she made the decision for herself and her family. 

Meanwhile, Phillip left ITV in May following reports of growing tensions between him and Holly. 

The following month, Phillip admitted to lying about an affair with a younger, male colleague. In a statement, he said that he was "deeply sorry" for lying about the relationship and that while it was "unwise, but not illegal," it was now over.