Vernon Kay’s new game show had a family feel tonight as he kicked off the series with his wife Tess Daly as a celebrity guest.
The latest winner of I’m A Celeb and former Family Fortunes host introduced Tess, the co-host of Strictly Come Dancing, to the show – and even rowed with her about “paying attention” as he joked they “weren’t having a domestic”.
The couple have been married for 17 years – but the relationship hasn’t always been smooth sailing.
In 2010 – more than a decade ago – Vernon was exposed for sending sexual text messages to glamour model Rhian Sugden and he and Tess have since put it behind them.
But viewers were kick to stick the boot in to Vernon with a cheeky dig with they saw Tess appear as one of the celebrities helping the contestants guess which job matches with the right person based on a series of clues.
One cheeky viewer said: “Is tess there so Vernon doesnt stray away #GameofTalents”
A second added: “Tess keeping her eye on Vernon #GameofTalents”
“Tess keeping an eye on Vernon #GameofTalents,” a third added.
The show is a mash-up of Britain’s Got Talent and The Masked Singer.
Vernon has said the couple have ‘moved on’ from the sexting scandal.
He told The Mirror : ‘There isn’t a hidden side to me. I’ve been on telly for 20 years and my career started on a reality show.
‘All that stuff is in the past, we’ve forgotten about that, we’ve moved on. It’s all gone. It’s disappeared.”
Other viewers thought it was adorable the pair were working together on the ITV show.
One said: “Tess working with her hubby” with a huge smiley face emoji.
Another said: “Don’t want to suggest favours have been called in, but the first two celebs on #GameofTalents are the host’s wife and the host’s wife’s colleague…”
The second celebrity guest was her Strictly colleague Craig Revel Horwood.
ITV’s Game of Talents is aired on Saturday at 7.30pm.