Holly Willoughby has officially stepped down from ‘This Morning’
Presenter Holly Willoughby has officially stepped down from ‘This Morning’ after 14 years. The host confirmed the surprising news in a short statement last night and now viewers are eager to find out who will replace her.
The show has been trying to find a replacement for Phillip Schofield after he left the show earlier this year, but now they’re reportedly focusing on finding a lead presenter.
Willoughby left the show immediately and has no plans on returning to say goodbye to viewers.
According to reports, Rochelle Humes is likely set to replace Willoughby. She is currently one of the favourites in the running.
However, new ‘Bake Off’ host Alison Hammond is also in the running.
She has been presenting the morning show alongside Willoughby for the last few months and has been a huge hit with viewers.
According to BonusCodeBets, “Holly Willoughby first began presenting This Morning in 2009 and will now permanently step away from hosting duties on the daytime show, leaving a seat on the blue sofa vacant for a new name.
Alison Hammond is the current evens favourite according to the bookies, with Josie Gibson next in the betting at 2/1.
“Outsiders for the role include 33/1 shots Davina McCall and Mel Giedroyc, while a return for Ruth Langsford is also 33/1 and Judy Finnigan is 50/1 to make a comeback.”
Yesterday, Holly Willoughby confirmed she is stepping down from presenting the show in an emotional statement.
“I have let ITV know today that after 14 years, I will not be returning to ‘This Morning’.
“To everyone who has ever worked on the show over the years, thank you so so much. This is such a difficult goodbye, you are incredible and I forever will be proud of what we’ve done together.
“Thank you to everyone at ITV for being supportive. To every guest who has sat on our sofa, thank you.
“Most of all thank you to the wonderful viewers. You’ve been so loyal, so supportive, and the very best company every day.
“Richard and Judy said; ‘we only look after this show, it will always belong to the viewers’. It’s been an honour to just be part of its story and I know this story has many chapters left to go.
“Sadly, however, I now feel I have to make this decision for me and my family.
“I will miss you all so much. Holly.”
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