Cat Deeley has revealed she decided to move back to the UK after husband Patrick Kielty and her son were caught up in a shopping mall shooting.
The Birmingham-born TV presenter has lived in Los Angeles for 14 years hosting US shows including So You Think You Can Dance and The Choice. But she and her family have now made the decision to return to Britain.
File photo dated 27/7/1988 of Anthony McPartlin (left), Cat Deeley and Declan Donnelly. Deeley has admitted in The Big Issue's Letter To My Younger Self column that nobody watched SM:TV Live when it launched and she, along with Ant and Dec, were rubbish presenters. The 43 year old fronted the Saturday morning ITV show with the Geordie duo from 1998 until 2002.
Children's television presenter Cat Deeley poses for the media during a photocall in London, after being named Nivea Body of the Year 1999. Cat, 21, emerged the winner from a shortlist of nine women selected for their healthy physiques and skin. * These included Gail Porter, Anna Friel, Martine McCutcheon, Anthea Turner, Andrea Corr, Melanie Sykes, Donna Ayr and Adriana Sklenarikova. (Photo by Fiona Hanson - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Television presenters Anthony McPartlin, Cat Deeley and Declan Donnelly, co-hosts of Saturday morning television series, 'SMT Live', circa 2000. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)
British television presenter and disc jockey Cat Deeley, circa 2000. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)
The presenters of SM:tv Live Cat Deeley (l) Ant McPartlin (2nd r) and Declan Donnelly (ANt & Dec) with the Best Children's Show award which was presented to them by Emma Bunton (r) at the TV Quick Awards held at the Dorchester Hotel in central London. (Photo by William Conran - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
MTV presenters Cat Deeley (L) and Edith Bowman (R) with Ben from the band Phats and Small, during the press launch of The Brit Awards 2000 at the Sugar Reef in London. The awards take place at London's Earl's Court 2 on March 3 2000. * to be hosted by Davina McCall. (Photo by Peter Jordan - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
TV presenter Cat Deeley, with Jerry Hall in the background at the show by fashion designer Matthew Williamson, at the Saatchi Gallery, in London, during the second day of London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2001. (Photo by Anthony Harvey - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
SMTV: Live presenters Cat Deeley, (2nd Left) and Ant (R) and Dec with Spice Girl Emma Bunton who handed them their Kid's Vote Lego/Bafta Award at the British Academy Children's Film and Television Awards in London's Park Lane. *... The programme also won a Bafta for Best Entertainment programme. (Photo by Fiona Hanson - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Cat Deeley and Dr Fox at Party In The Park 2001 in London 7/8/01 Photo by Jon Furniss/Mission Pictures/Getty Images *** North American Sales Only ***
Ant McPartlin, right, and Declan Donnelly and co host Cat Deeley sit with The Prince of Wales at the Party in Park, held in Hyde Park central London. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
TV presenter Cat Deeley at the Childrens Bafta awards at the Park Lnae Hilton in London tonight. Cat won the award for best presenter. (Photo by Tim Whitby - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON - JULY 7: British television presenters Cat Deeley and Edith Bowman perform on stage at the Prince's Trust "Party in the Park 2002" in Hyde Park on July 7, 2002 in London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales meets Cat Deeley (second right) and Liz McClarnon (centre) from Atomic Kitten during the Capital Radio Party in the Park at Hyde Park in London. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON - OCTOBER 07: TV Presenters, Edith Bowman, Ant McPartlin, Declan Donnelly and Cat Deeley attend the opening of 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', starring Jonathan Wilkes on 7th October 2002, in Bromley, London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Cat Deeley on stage during the BBC 1's Fame Academy live show, at Shepperton Studios in London. (Photo by Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Co-presenters of the show Patrick Kielty and Cat Deeley with the latest trio of students voted in to the Fame Academy house (L-R) Audley Anderson, Jamie Fox and Peter Brame, at Highgate, north London. (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Presenters Patrick Kielty and Cat Deeley during the Comic Relief Does Fame Academy show at the Fame Academy House in Highgate, London. (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 08: Gaby Roslin And Cat Deeley, First Night Of Anything Goes Musical, At The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane In Covent Garden , London (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON - FEBRUARY 17: Presenter Cat Deeley rehearses ahead of the "Brit Awards 2004" at Earls Court 2 on February 17, 2004 in London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON - DECEMBER 4: British television presenter Cat Deeley attends the ceremony to turn on the Christmas lights in Bond Street with the help of some children from Great Ormond Street Hospital on December 4, 2003 in London. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Host Cat Deeley on stage at the annual Brit Awards 2004 at Earls Court in south west London. (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Cat Deeley joined children being treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital, (l-r) Lucy Burke, 2, with mum Hayley Burke and Hannah Lindfield, 13 and thousands of other visitors in Kensington Gardens, London today to celebrate Peter Pan's 100th Birthday in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity (GOSHCC). (Photo by Tim Whitby - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
TV presenter Cat Deeley presents Anthony McPartlin (left) and Declan Donnelly with the TV Personality Award during the 7th annual GQ Men Of The Year Awards at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, central London (Photo by Ian West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON - SEPTEMBER 7: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) TV presenter Cat Deeley attends the afterparty following the "GQ Men Of The Year Awards" at the Royal Opera House on September 7, 2004 in London. The seventh annual awards honour everyone from sportsmen, comedians, writers and fashion designers to TV presenters, entrepreneurs and singers. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Cat Deeley joins thousands of visitors in Kensington Gardens, London today to celebrate Peter Pan's 100th Birthday in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity (GOSHCC). (Photo by Tim Whitby - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Cat Deeley, winner of the Best Individual Style Award (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
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Deeley, 43, told YOU magazine how Irish comedian Kielty, 49, and her four-year-old son Milo were on a trip to the Century City Mall in LA when police officers arrived and told them to take cover because a gunman was on the loose.
The former SM:TV presenter said: "They shut down the centre. I got a call from Paddy, saying, 'They're taking us out through the fire exits but nobody can get to their car. If we walk to a junction, can you come and get us?'
"He wanted to keep Milo calm, so I didn't understand the enormity of what was happening. as I was driving I began to see helicopters, news vans, firemen and SWAT [armed police response] squads. It makes me go funny now. It was terrifying."
Deeley explained Kielty and her son had been in a fast food restaurant and were pushed into the kitchen, where the comedian distracted his son by playing Peppa Pig on his phone.
She said her husband was "shaken" by the incident but fortunately Milo, though "hot and cranky", had not understood what was going on.
Deeley, who is also mother to two-year-old son James, admitted "fear" had played a part in the family's decision to leave America.
She said: "There was a moment when I was with a friend looking at potential schools for Milo and we had to ask the question nobody wants to, 'What do you do if there is a live shooter on the premises?' They tell you exactly what would happen, whether the kids would go to a safe room or hide under the desks... The danger suddenly becomes a reality."
Deeley and Kielty were friends for many years before they began dating. They married in Rome in 2012.