This Morning’s Alison Hammond ‘to host Wheel of Fortune’ as show returns after 19 years

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Alison Hammond is about to add to her presenting portfolio by being named as the new host of Wheel of Fortune, when the show gets a reboot.

The 45-year-old This Morning presenter is reportedly hosting the game show, which is coming back after 19 years away.

The popular ITV show was originally hosted by Nicky Campbell when it first aired between 1989 and 2001.

He was joined by Carol Smillie, who launched her TV career on the show, turning the puzzle board, before becoming a family favourite on BBC home make-over show, Changing Rooms.

Alison will be thrust into her first solo hosting role, some 18 years after she rose to fame on Big Brother in 2002.

Nicky Campbell with Carol Smillie on the Wheel of Fortune in 1998
(Image: ITV Network)

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She then moved to This Morning a year later but her stock has risen dramatically of late, with her being named as a permanent Friday presenter on the ITV daytime show, alongside Dermot O'Leary.

A source told The Sun : “Her profile has rocketed recently. She’s delivered some standout interviews.”

Alison's rise has not been without its controversy in recent weeks, after Ruth Langsford reportedly took aim at the former reality star after the news broke that Alison was taking over her This Morning role.

Alison Hammond co-hosting This Morning with Dermot O'Leary
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Ruth, who presents the show on Fridays alongside her husband Eamonn Holmes, is said to have made a dig at those who make their name in reality shows and are then handed "overnight jobs on telly”.

Alison hit back at the Loose Women panelist, saying: “Strong people don’t put others down. They lift them up.”

She is reportedly filming a pilot of Wheel of Fortune with the hope of it leading to a full series.

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