Vernon Kay’s I’m A Celeb stint is ‘good for his marriage to Tess Daly’ following sexting scandal

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Vernon Kay will be on our screens every night for the next three weeks on I’m A Celebrity. And it’s not just fans who are calling this his big TV comeback – his wife Tess Daly reportedly is too.

Insiders close to the couple have told new magazine that Tess, 51, has everything crossed that Vernon’s rumoured £250,000 deal could see him being crowned King of the Castle, leading to more TV work in the future.

“Tess is so excited for Vernon,” the insider revealed. “She’s always saying how he’s such a wonderful presenter, but has lost his confidence due to career knockbacks.”

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Vernon, 46, has been noticeably missing from primetime TV for a few years. His ITV series Splash! was canned in 2014, and the recently revived Family Fortunes has also now been handed over to Gino D’Acampo. His recent gigs have included fronting Formula E car racing coverage.

The source continued: “When they first met, Vernon was almost more famous than Tess. While he’s so proud of her, Tess knows he wishes he could have similar success.

"So even though Tess will be rushed off of her feet, this will be the best thing for their marriage.

“She’s hopeful I’m A Celebrity will get his career back on track, and that fans will fall in love with him and he’ll enjoy a career revival, just like he deserves.”


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But while Vernon is away, Strictly host Tess will have an almighty juggle on her hands. Not only is she fronting one of the biggest shows on TV with a full-on schedule, but she’ll also be looking after the couple’s two children, Phoebe, 16, and Amber, 11.

Tess has previously admitted her job can be all-consuming and that she and Vernon usually have to take on the childcare together.

Revealing she often suffers “mum guilt”, Tess confessed: “When I do Strictly I’m away on the Saturday, so I try to make up for it the rest of the time.”

Tess’s co-host Claudia Winkleman has also spoken about how she and her husband Kris Thykier share the load while she’s filming Strictly.


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The mum-of-three said: “When one of us is snowed under, the other person will help. He knows that in the lead-up to the Strictly final, for example, I’m useless, so he might be in charge of getting Christmas presents for our nephews and nieces.”

However, new's source says that multitasking Tess is only too happy to take on the challenge over the next few weeks and is supporting her husband every step of the way.

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