This Morning icon gives her verdict on show's new co-presenters Cat Deeley and Ben Shephard as she brands them a 'safe choice' and admits 'they didn't ask me' SuperNayr

A This Morning star has given her verdict on Cat Deeley and Ben Shephard’s appointment as co-presenters on This Morning, suggesting they are a safe choice. 

Rustie Lee, 74, who has regularly featured on ITV’s This Morning since 2012, where she hosts the cooking segment, said that she loves the duo but enjoyed the way the show used a mix of different presenters before that. 

Speaking on the My Dirty Laundry podcast, Rustie said: ‘I liked how they were going  with different presenters all the time. They’ve never invited me to be a presenter. 

‘I’m sure I could present extremely well on that show. It wouldn’t be the first time I’ve done it. I’ve had radio shows in Birmingham. I was radio presenter on a show in Birmingham, West Midlands, BBC Radio.

‘So, you know, they’ve never said, “Oh, Rustie you should present”. I would love to present and show them that it’s something I can do with people. You have to be good with people.’

A This Morning icon has given her verdict on the show's new co-hosts Cat Deeley and Ben Shephard as she branded them a 'safe choice'

A This Morning icon has given her verdict on the show’s new co-hosts Cat Deeley and Ben Shephard as she branded them a ‘safe choice’

TV chef, Rustie Lee, 74, said the show bosses never asked her to present the show but she said she is more than capable of doing it and has a wealth of experience

TV chef, Rustie Lee, 74, said the show bosses never asked her to present the show but she said she is more than capable of doing it and has a wealth of experience 

She continued :’I think that Cat and Ben are good. It’s what people want. I liked the mix with people like Alison Hammond and Josie Gibson – people from different walks of life.  

‘I think they’re going with a steady hand but I saw Cat Deeley work on the show and she did well. Ben Shephard is amazing too, he’s a good family man.

‘But I think how they were going since the Phillip Schofield situation [before that], was nice because it gives everyone a chance to do something.

‘But good luck to them. I wish them the best. Of course I do.’

When told that she would have been a good choice to present, Rustie replied: ‘I would love to do it. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t do it. 

‘A lot of people in Britain know me. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t do it. Simple as that.’

Cat and Ben became permanent hosts earlier this month after Holly Willoughby quit the show in October.

Her departure came five months after her co-host Phillip Schofield left over the furore surrounding his affair with a much younger colleague.

Rustie said she enjoyed seeing different presenters coming in from different walks of life, such as Alison Hammond, (left), and Josie Gibson, (right) because it gives everyone a chance to do something

Rustie said she enjoyed seeing different presenters coming in from different walks of life, such as Alison Hammond, (left), and Josie Gibson, (right) because it gives everyone a chance to do something 

Rustie started her TV career in 1983 and opened her own restaurant in 1985 in Birmingham (pictured)

Rustie started her TV career in 1983 and opened her own restaurant in 1985 in Birmingham (pictured)

Rustie said of her own chances of presenting the show full-time: 'A lot of people in Britain know me. There's no reason why I shouldn't do it. Simple as that'

Rustie said of her own chances of presenting the show full-time: ‘A lot of people in Britain know me. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t do it. Simple as that’

Cat and Ben became permanent hosts earlier this month after Holly Willoughby, (centre) quit the show in October - five months after Phillip Schofield, (left) quit the show following his affair with a much younger colleague

Cat and Ben became permanent hosts earlier this month after Holly Willoughby, (centre) quit the show in October – five months after Phillip Schofield, (left) quit the show following his affair with a much younger colleague 

Holly felt that the show wasn’t the same after that and was finally ‘tipped over the edge’ by an alleged ‘kidnap and murder plot’.

Much-loved Rustie started her TV career as a cookery expert on Good Morning Britain back in 1983 and stayed on the show until 1991.

While still appearing regularly, she plans on bringing out a range of face creams and has written a series of children’s books.  

Find out more on Instagram on @mydirtylaundrypodcast or listen to the whole interview on Spotify here



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