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Helen Skelton to stand in for ITV's Lorraine Kelly

Helen Skelton and Lorraine Kelly Image copyright PA/Getty Images
Image caption Skelton said Kelly's shoes were "pretty big shoes to fill"

Ex-Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton is to host Lorraine Kelly's ITV chat show when Kelly goes on holiday.

Skelton, who co-presented the BBC's swimming and diving coverage at the Olympics in Rio, will fill the hot seat on Lorraine from 24 to 28 October.

The 33-year-old said was "so excited" to filling Kelly's shoes and looking forward to the show's cookery items.

Lady Gaga, James Arthur, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Jodie Kidd will be among her celebrity guests.

She will also speak to former Coronation Street star Tracy Brabin, Labour's candidate for the Batley and Spen by-election prompted by the killing of Jo Cox.

Fiona Phillips, Gaby Roslin and Lisa Snowdon took turns to host Lorraine when Kelly, 56, took time off in August.

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