Tess Daly admits she cried watching husband Vernon Kay's tough 'I'm A Celebrity' experience

Katie Archer
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28:  Vernon Kay and Tess Daly attend the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Vernon Kay and Tess Daly attend the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Tess Daly has admitted she found it so tough watching husband Vernon Kay struggling through I’m A Celebrity that she cried along with him.

Strictly Come Dancing host Daly has been married to Kay since 2003 and said she had found it difficult not being able to see or speak to him while he was in the ITV show.

Talking to The Sun, she said: “Every time he welled up on the TV, I would find myself welling up because I felt like I was going through it with him.”

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Daly added that her husband’s height was a big problem: “I mean I was fed and never cold — but he slept on the floor for two and a half weeks, which the edit didn’t show, because he didn’t fit in the beds.”

The couple has been married for nearly 20 years (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
The couple has been married for nearly 20 years (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

The couple have two daughters together - Phoebe, 16, and Amber, 11 - and Daly said she had found it a “bonding experience” sitting down to watch Kay each night with them.

She said that her older daughter didn’t usually show much emotion about her parents, but they had acknowledged to each other that they were proud of him.

Daly added: “Then when he did a little message to me in the telegraph in the final, I was like, ‘Oh god’ - I had to leave the room quickly so the teenager couldn’t see me cry.”

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She also spoke about feeling lucky to still be a part of Strictly after so many years, and said she was proud to be a part of the first all-female hosting duo of a prime time Saturday night show with Claudia Winkleman.

Daly, who has presented the show since it began in 2004 and worked alongside the late Sir Bruce Forsyth, will host tonight’s live final.

Bill Bailey, Maisie Smith, HRVY and Jamie Laing will all fight it out to win the Strictly glitterball trophy.

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