Cat Deeley 'feeling This Morning pressure' and is missing LA amid ratings struggle

Cat Deeley appears on This Morning TV show
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It's been almost six months since Cat Deeley and Ben Shepherd were announced as the co-hosts of This Morning following a dramatic shakeup on the ITV daytime show. But according to a source, Cat, who moved from LA back to the UK to take on the role, is already missing her lavish lifestyle and fears she's made a 'mistake.'

2023 proved to be a tumultuous year for This Morning, with Phillip Schofield announcing he would be leaving the show after 20 years, amid reports of a rift with his co-host Holly Willoughby. Just days after he stepped down, he admitted to an "unwise but not illegal" affair with a much younger colleague. Holly Willoughby then quit just five months later, after facing an alleged kidnap threat.

With their vast presenting experience, Cat and Good Morning Britain star Ben were brought in, in a bid to save the show, but Cat is now said to be 'feeling the pressure' after ratings began plummeting since the pair took over.

Cat Deeley is 'feeling This Morning pressure' as ratings plummet
Cat Deeley is 'feeling This Morning pressure' as ratings plummet -Credit:Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock
Ben Shephard, Cat Deeley on This Morning TV show
Ben and Cat were brought in, in a bid to save the show -Credit:Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Bosses were delighted when a million viewers initially tuned in to see Ben and Cat's big debut, but just months later, viewers had dramatically dropped by half.

"Cat is really feeling the pressure at This Morning and knows there is a lot riding on her and Ben to get it right," a source told us. "She is really loving working with Ben and the partnership that they are building but she’s well aware of the critics and the falling ratings.

"She feels she and Ben haven’t been given enough time and that they are the fall guys for everything that went on at the show over the past few years."

Before taking on the role, the mother-of-two, 47, had been enjoying the LA lifestyle, having moved to Beverly Hills in 2006 after becoming the host of the dancing competition, So You Think You Can Dance.

Cat Deeley in stripy jumper dress
Cat swapped her swapped their sun-soaked £3.8 million LA mansion with a pool and gym for a new home in the UK -Credit:GC Images
Cat is said to be missing her lavish LA lifestyle and fears she's made a 'mistake'
Cat is said to be missing her lavish LA lifestyle and fears she's made a 'mistake' -Credit:Instagram

But after 14 years, the Birmingham-born star and her husband of eight years, Northern Irish comedian and TV presenter Patrick Kielty, swapped their sun-soaked £3.8 million LA mansion with a pool and gym for a new home in North London.

But our source claims it hasn't been the easiest for Cat and her family to adjust back to UK life, with the star wondering if she will regret her decision.

They added: "She and Patrick moved back to the UK for their boys but Cat really misses the LA lifestyle and everything that comes with it. She still has her job on So You Think You Can Dance and there is part of her that wonders whether they made a mistake coming back to the UK.

"The lack of sunshine is hard, as well as the laid-back way of life, plus they could be quite anonymous over there."

But while Cat misses the US, she has expressed safety fears over raising her children Milo, eight, and James, five, there.

Cat with her sons Milo and James
Cat has expressed her safety fears for sons Milo and James -Credit:Cat Deeley / Instagram

In 2019, a terrifying gun incident made her think twice about living in America. Her husband had been visiting the Century City Mall in LA with their eldest son Milo after nursery, when they were caught up in a horrifying ordeal.

Cat told how the FBI had turned up armed and ordered shoppers to take cover under counters and hide because a shooter was on the loose. The frantic former SM presenter drove to the shopping centre to get them as they were escorted out of a fire exit after taking refuge in the kitchen of the Shake Shack where they had been enjoying a treat.

"I got a call from Paddy, saying, 'They're taking us out through the fire exits but nobody can get to their car. If we walk to a junction, can you come and get us.

"He wanted to keep Milo calm, so I didn't understand the enormity of what was happening. As I was driving I began to see helicopters, news vans, firemen and Swat squads."

Patrick Kielty posted tribute on instagram to celebrate wife Cat Deeley’s birthday. Pic posted on her Instagram
The family moved to the UK for a fresh start after Cat took on the full-time This Morning role -Credit:Irish Mirror

Cat's safety fears only intensified when she began looking at potential US schools for Milo to attend, with the TV host confiding in friends over worries about her children getting caught up in a school shooting.

These concerns were part of the reason she accepted the This Morning job despite reports she'd initially turned it down. Show bosses were said to have been left devastated after she turned down the main presenting role following a stint on the show in November 2023.

But it's understood that she finally accepted the Monday to Thursday job alongside Ben, after being offered a generous salary she couldn't refuse.

It seemed like the perfect opportunity for a fresh start, but now This Morning is said to be in 'crisis' over their ratings. While rival BBC show Morning Live continues to rake in between one million and 1.4 million viewers, Ben and Cat's show dipped as low as 486,000 in May.

"Cat's worried about the boys' safety over there [in the States] so they made the decision to come back for family life and she knows she did the right thing," the source added. "However, part of her still yearns for the LA life and they may reassess if This Morning doesn’t work out."