'Hilarious' - Cat Deeley delights This Morning viewers by bringing back Wonkey Donkey

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13 Nov 2023, 14:12

Rylan Cark and Cat Deeley play Wonkey Donkey on This Morning.

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Cat Deeley resurrected a classic game from her time on SMTV Live when presenting This Morning.

The star - who hosted the popular ITV kids series with Ant and Dec from 1998 to 2002 - presented This Morning with Rylan Clark for the first time today (13th November), while ITV bosses continue to search for Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield’s permanent replacements.

When reports first linked the duo to the presenting role last week, Rylan hilariously responded to Virgin Radio’s tweet, with a reference to Cat Deeley’s time presenting SMTV, saying: “If we don’t play wonkey donkey I’m not doing it …. @thismorning @catdeeley”.

Well, it turns out Rylan got his wish. 

After saying at the top of today’s show: “Can you believe they’ve let two of the naughtiest people on television live on ITV,” Cat later reintroduced Wonkey Donkey to TV audiences. 

The game, which was one of the most beloved segments on SMTV Live, originally saw kids phone in and guess the name of a stuffed animal, based on its appearance. The golden rule was it had to rhyme. Dec would show mock fury when contestants got the answer wrong.

“For the first time in 20 years… let’s play Wonkey Donkey,” Rylan told viewers today.

Fans took to social media to share their excitement at the return of the game. One person wrote: “Loving @catdeeley and @Rylan on @thismorning! Please play wonkey donkey everyday 🤣 #thismorning”.

Someone else wrote: “Cat Deeley is brilliant and I’m glad to see Wonkey Donkey #thismorning”

Another fan wrote: “haha Wonkey Donkey! That takes me back!!! #thismorning”

One X (formerly Twitter) user said: “Love to see Wonkey Donkey back! Please keep it, it's hilarious! Also please keep these 2, they are great together! #thismorning @catdeeley @Rylan”

Read more about viewers’ reaction to Cat and Rylan’s first time together on the sofa here.

This Morning airs Monday to Friday on ITV.