James Martin and Anita Rani have been announced to host ITV’s This Morning on Friday’s during summer.
ITV’s award-winning daytime show This Morning continues throughout the summer with hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford fronting the show Monday to Thursday, and James Martin and Anita Rani will host Fridays during this time.
James – who has previously hosted the live two-hour lifestyle programme – said, “It’s such a privilege to be asked back to do it again, I have a great time there.”
Ahead of hosting her very first show with James on Friday [22nd July], Anita said, “I’m so excited to be joining the fantastic team at This Morning. What a brilliant way to spend Fridays over the summer.”
Despite being more familiar with the programme, James admitted how live television can still be daunting. He said: “It can be nerve wracking at times because you’re always a little unsure about what could happen next! I can handle the food items and talk about that no problem, but to go from such light and shade topics… it’s one of the toughest gigs in television without a shadow of a doubt and you realise what pros they are that do this job.
“But I’ll do my best, as that’s all I’ve done for the last twenty years!”
Whilst Anita went on to reveal how the show has previously played a part in her life. She explained: “Many hours of my life – certainly when I was a student – have been spent watching this daytime TV institution, so I genuinely cannot wait to see what’s in store over the coming weeks.” Before adding: “And I’ll use the opportunity to pick James Martin’s brilliant cooking brain for top tips and get misty-eyed over Yorkshire with him. Roll on Friday!”
On their first show together, James and Anita will be speaking with actor Brendan O’Carroll, discussing the latest beauty trends, learning allotment tips, and James himself will show viewers his very own vegetable patch and cook two summer inspired dishes with seasonal tomatoes. James has also recently interviewed Hollywood stars Matt Damon and Alicia Vikander for a This Morning daytime exclusive that will be aired on 27th July.
This Morning’s Editor, Martin Frizell said: “James and Anita are both brilliant hosts in their own right and certainly have the skills suited for the varied and fast-paced nature of This Morning. Plans this year will certainly keep our viewers entertained across the summer weeks.”
This Morning, weekdays, 10.30am on ITV.