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IT'S the staple of daytime TV, so it's no surprise that Amanda Byram was delighted to make a return – albeit a temporary one only – to This Morning yesterday.

The Castleknock woman was standing in for Friday hosts Eamonn Holmes and wife Ruth Langsford.

She last appeared on the ITV programme with Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness in 2010.

Amanda (39) enjoyed her time on TV so much that it flew by: "It was quick. Very quick," she said afterwards.

"It's such an iconic show and it is a massive honour to be asked to take the reins. This is my second time doing it and I loved it."

"It's one of those shows I grew up watching. Even the theme tune is iconic, so it was great," she said.

And the This Morning viewers seemed impressed with Amanda's hosting skills.

"Thought you did a fantastic job, Amanda," one fan wrote. "I love your presenting style."

"Great to see Amanda Byram back on TV again," another added. "Keep up the good work."

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Amanda and BT Sports' Jake Humphrey stood in for Eamonn and Ruth.

And Amanda's spell included hanging out with Father Ted star Ardal O'Hanlon, looking at fashionable threads and making chocolate eclairs.

Amanda looked chic and sophisticated on screen, teaming a draped cream Malene Birger top with a form-fitting pencil skirt.

The former Total Wipeout hostess opted for some simple and delicate gold jewellery, and wore her hair down in loose cascading curls.

Amanda began her career as an anchor on TV3's Ireland AM, before landing a role on Channel 4's Big Brother.

Amanda then headed over to the States to host controversial beauty show The Swan, which advocated the use of radical plastic surgery to enhance your looks.

She returned to the UK in 2011 to host Total Wipeout.

The former model turns 40 on June 16 and, if she doesn't jet away to the sun, she plans on having a quiet shindig with two of her closest telly pals – Laura Whitmore and Angela Scanlon.

hnews@herald.ie


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