ITV shares update on Phillip Schofield’s This Morning replacement


ITV has issued a statement about Phillip Schofield’s This Morning replacement (Picture: Ken McKay/ ITV/ Shutterstock)

It’s been nearly a month since Phillip Schofield left This Morning and now ITV has given an update on plans to replace him.

After weeks of speculation that Schofield, 61, and long-time co-host Holly Willoughby, 42, had fallen out, the TV presenter announced his exit from the breakfast programme on May 20, before revealing a week later he was leaving the broadcaster together after admitting to lying about an affair with a young colleague.

In the weeks since the show had seen Alison Hammond lead alongside Dermot O’Leary and Craig Doyle before Holly returned from her break.

This week she has been hosting alongside Josie Gibson and Craig.

While ITV has yet to confirm who will permanently join Holly on the show from Mondays to Thursdays going forward, the broadcaster has now indicated they are getting closer to a decision.

A spokesperson for ITV said it would make further announcements on future presenters of the show ‘in due course’.

Holly Willoughby was joined by Josie Gibson for her first day back this week (Picture: ITV)

‘In the meantime, we will draw on the This Morning family for presenters to co-present with Holly,’ they added in a statement to The Journal.

In the weeks since Schofield’s departure, names thrown into the ring have included Alison, Dermot, Rylan Clark, Gino D’Acampo, Gyles Brandreth and even Piers Morgan.

However, many fans of the show have already made clear just who they want to step in, with Craig emerging as a favourite.

Craig Doyle on This Morning.

Craig Doyle has emerged as a favourite with viewers (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

The Irish presenter has gone down a treat with viewers, with one branding him ‘refreshing’ on social media.

During the show on Thursday, many people threw their support behind Craig, 52, with many saying they’d been charmed by his sense of humour.

‘PLEASE make Craig Doyle the permanent Mon-Fri presenter with Holly. He is brilliant! So charming and likeable, plus a professional too,’ one person pleaded in a Twitter post.

Another said he was a ‘credible presenter with a great Irish sense of humour’.

Meanwhile others couldn’t quite wrap their heads around his age and shared their shock upon realising he was older than they thought.

Best known for a range of work on channels including BBC, ITV, BT Sport and Irish network RTÉ, Craig first joined This Morning in 2021, starting by presenting the competition slots before joining Alison on the softa in May 2022 as a guest presenter.

He is also known as being lead anchor for BT Sport’s rugby coverage and previously had a chat show on RTÉ One, Tonight with Craig Doyle, and RTÉ Two’s Craig Doyle Live, which ran from 2011 to 2013.

Metro.co.uk has contacted ITV for comment.

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV1.

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