Ben Shephard reveals the 'advantages' of moving from Good Morning Britain to This Morning

Ben Shephard will not have to wear a tie on This Morning credit:Bang Showbiz
Ben Shephard will not have to wear a tie on This Morning credit:Bang Showbiz

Ben Shephard will soon have plenty of ties gathering dust - because he doesn't have to wear one for his new job on 'This Morning'.

The 49-year-old presenter will be leaving his regular post as a host of ITV's 'Good Morning Britain' in March to front 'This Morning' alongside Cat Deeley in the studio next door, and he thinks the chance to wear a more casual attire as well as a slightly later start time are just some of the advantages of jumping ship.

Speaking on Thursday's (22.02.24) episode of 'Good Morning Britain', he told co-hosts Kate Garraway and Ranvir Singh: "I've got a lot of ties that I no longer have to wear. That's one of the advantages of working through the wall. You get a bit of a lie-in, you don't have to wear a tie.

"So maybe you [Kate] will get one of my ties, you get the pick of the ties!"

Ben and Cat will be seen from Monday to Thursday on the ITV Daytime show, while Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary will continue in their roles as Friday presenters and holiday cover.

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."

Cat - who began her career on children's television alongside Ant and Dec and went on to host 'Stars in Their Eyes' before finding further success in the US - is thrilled to be joining the "national institution" and vowed to "take care" of it as well.

She said: "'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."

Towards the end of last year, Cat stepped in for a trial run of a week of shows alongside 'Good Morning Britain' host Ben.

The show had been searching for a pair to take on the coveted TV jobs following the departures of long-running hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.