A number of high-profile stars have been tipped for a presenting role on This Morning after the scandalous exit of long-term host Phillip Schofield.
ITV's popular daytime show This Morning is undergoing a major change following the departure of longtime co-host Phillip Schofield. The veteran host said that the long running daytime show had 'become the story', and that he wanted to 'do what I can to protect the show that I love'. The announcement came after weeks of reported feuds with fellow TV stars and trouble behind the scenes.
According to The Mirror, Phillip's departure from This Morning comes after reports of a strained relationship between him and co-host Holly Willoughby. Rumors of a falling out centered around Schofield's brother, Timothy, who was convicted of child sex offenses.
Who will be replacing Phillip Schofield?
ITV has said that Schofield will continue to work for them as a presenter, hosting peak-time shows for the broadcaster, including a new primetime series, reports The Independent.
With speculation mounting about who will fill Phillip Schofield's shoes alongside Holly Willoughby, fans are eagerly awaiting news of the new presenting duo. While no official replacements have been announced, several names have emerged as potential candidates.
According to Manchester Evening News, Alison Hammond, a beloved figure in the television industry, has emerged as a strong contender for the permanent hosting role on This Morning. She rose to fame as a contestant on Big Brother and has since become a regular fixture on daytime television.
With her infectious personality and natural ability to connect with viewers, Alison has become a fan favorite during her two-year stint hosting Friday episodes of the show.
Aside from her appearances on This Morning, Alison has participated in other popular TV shows, including I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! and Strictly Come Dancing.
One person wrote on Twitter: 'Give Alison Hammond the full time slot for This Morning!!!!!'
Someone else said: 'Alison Hammond permanent slot incoming”, and someone else said she “should take over This Morning.'
Dermot O'Leary, a familiar face on British television, has established himself as a frontrunner to take over from Phillip Schofield on This Morning. Dermot joined the show in 2014, securing a regular slot alongside Alison Hammond. Prior to joining This Morning, Dermot gained recognition as the host of The X Factor UK.
Beyond his work on This Morning, Dermot has hosted various other TV shows, including The X Factor spin-off, The Xtra Factor. He has also presented prestigious events like the National Television Awards, showcasing his versatility as a presenter.
Teaming up with Alison Hammond, Dermot has developed a successful on-screen partnership.
Loose Women star Stacey Solomon has fueled speculation about her potential involvement in the show. In a recent social media post, she hinted at an exciting meeting, leading fans to believe it could be related to ITV.
Her husband Joe Swash, a former winner of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, could also join her as a presenter, reports Hearts.
Rochelle and Marvin Humes
Former Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes and her husband Marvin have already made appearances on This Morning as guest presenters. Rochelle even recently stepped in for Holly Willoughby during her absence. Rochelle's experience as a presenter, coupled with her familiarity with the show, makes her a strong candidate.
Marvin, who previously co-presented with Rochelle from 2013 to 2015, could also join her as a potential presenting partner. His experience as a presenter extends beyond music shows, having hosted programs such as The Voice UK and The Hit List.
X Factor star Rylan Clark is no stranger to This Morning, having previously served as a presenter on the show. Known for his vibrant personality and rapport with the audience, Rylan is a popular choice among fans.
Rylan's experience in hosting is extensive, having presented various shows, including Big Brother's Bit on the Side and his own chat show, Up Late with Rylan.