Dermot O’Leary described the horrifying moment his wife told him she was helping their cat give birth to a litter in their bed.
The X Factor host, who was speaking to This Morning’s Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield, said their cat was the inspiration for his children’s book series, but things started in a more complicated way.
Their cat, Silva, sadly died, and Dermot became emotional about this beore he told the strange story of their meeting.
He said: "He passed away sadly very young, he was only three. We put up a little Instagram post up after he passed… they properly are your family.
"We’ve got a place in Italy and this feral cat started turning up and one day she came into our room and was heavily pregnant and Dee stayed up all night with her and delivered the kittens in our bed.
"So we kept two and a neighbour kept two, and we brought them back, and we’ve adopted another one from Battersea too. He will feature in the third book…"
Phil and Holly looked pretty grossed out by the admission, and quickly moved on the conversation to find out what the presenter was making of the new X Factor judges to join him on the show.
He said: "I’ve just got back from one of the judges houses… and I don’t know what I’m allowed to say. The new line up is terrific.
"It feels like you’re walking into a creche with all the kids now which is lovely, it used to have a more adult atmosphere but now it’s very different.
"Robbie is just a born judge. He’s very emotionally intelligent and gets people very quickly. Ayda helps manage him and I think she’ll be a really good mentor and she knows she’s got a point to prove so she’ll really bust a gut.
"Louis has been terrific – there’s no substitute with someone who’s been there and done it. Up to this point they are all pally pally… and then we get to studio and all that teamwork goes out the window."
When asked whether a winner has already been found, Dermot remained tight-lipped, but hinted it may be one of the girls to take the win as they are "really good this year."
The X Factor airs on Saturday at 8.35pm and Sunday at 8pm on ITV, and This Morning airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV.
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