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Paddy McGuinness makes This Morning hosting debut and jokes he'd be taken off air within 'minutes'

Paddy McGuinness made his debut as a host on This Morning on Friday credit:Bang Showbiz
Paddy McGuinness made his debut as a host on This Morning on Friday credit:Bang Showbiz

Paddy McGuinness thought he would be taken off air after just 20 minutes during his 'This Morning' debut.

The 50-year-old comedian took on hosting duties for Friday's (01.03.24) episode of the ITV1 magazine show alongside Alison Hammond, and joked at the top of the programme that his time on-air would be short-lived.

Paddy also quipped he had regular host Dermot O'Leary and forthcoming host Ben Shephard "tied up" behind-the-scenes.

He said: "I'm giving us 20 minutes before we're taken off air. I've had to put another T-shirt on because my nipples have got a mind of their own and I've got Dermot O'Leary and Ben Shephard tied up in my dressing room. That's how I like it! We've got a corker for you today."

The former 'Take Me Out' star's debut as a presenter of the programme came just hours after businessman Martin Lewis will be at the helm of the show next week after telling producers that it had always been a dream of his to front at least one episode.

The 51-year-old businessman is normally seen on the ITV1 magazine programme dishing out financial advice to viewers but on Monday (04.03.23), he will join former 'Big Brother' star Josie Gibson, 39, to present a full episode of the show.

He wrote on X: "I've been expert-ing on

@thismorning for 21yrs - in recent times usually from home. Well I'm going in on Monday... because having mentioned off-hand to the producers last week that I'd like to present it ONCE (bucket list thing), they said come on and give it a go! "

Martin joked that he has "no idea" if he will be any good in his new role but thinks it will be "fun" to give it a go just before Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley take over as the full-time hosts.

He said: "No idea if I'll be any good at it, especially the less serious bits, but it'll be fun to try - before the proper new dynamic duo of Ben and Cat get going."

Ben and Cat will soon 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.