With rumoured big changes afoot at This Morning, who are next in line for Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby's daytime TV crowns when they decide
Holly and Phillip’s possible replacements amid fears over This Morning change

Holly and Phillip’s possible replacements amid fears over This Morning change

Holly and Phillip’s possible replacements amid fears over This Morning change

Holly and Phillip’s possible replacements amid fears over This Morning change

Holly and Phillip’s possible replacements amid fears over This Morning change

Holly and Phillip’s possible replacements amid fears over This Morning change
Holly and Phillip’s possible replacements amid fears over This Morning change
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Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby have been entertaining the nation together for over a decade.

The much-loved TV duo give This Morning viewers the perfect balance of hard-hitting interviews, lighthearted banter and hilarious outbursts that leave us in stitches.

But all good things must sadly come to an end - and major changes are rumoured to be afoot at This Morning.

This Morning editor Martin Frizell, who is credited with keeping 39-year-old Holly and 58-year-old Phil under control behind and in front of the camera, is reportedly set to quit the show.

"Phil and Holly actually listen to Martin. Who knows what they'd do if he left," a source told the Mail On Sunday.

While there is no indication that the pair will leave anytime soon, it's a reminder that Phil and Holly can't present the show forever and will step down one day in the distant future.

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby are the much-loved presenters of This Morning

The star presenters may also be at risk of being split up amid calls for This Morning to hire the first black main presenter following 32 years on air.

Martin reportedly said to staff in a video conference earlier this month he is “looking into” hiring a black host following global Black Lives Matter protests and discussions about improving race relations.

"There is not a black presenter on any of the programmes today. We plan to change that, we [This Morning] are looking into it," Martin is claimed to have said.

Another insider told The Mail On Sunday: "Kudos to Frizell for being the first ITV boss to pledge to make this happen. What we are all wondering now is, 'Will anyone go and, if so, who?"

If and when Phillip and Holly's 11-year partnership comes to and end, who will be lined up to replace one or both of them?

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford

Eamonn and Ruth take the This Morning reigns every Friday

The most obvious candidates to step in to fill a potential gap are established This Morning hosts Eamonn and Ruth.

Ruth is the longest-serving This Morning presenter of all time, having started as a guest host way back in 1999.

The married couple are the perfect presenting duo - bringing warmth and humour to our screens ever Friday since becoming main presenters in 2006.

They also cover Phillip and Holly during school holiday weeks and during the summer holidays, so already know the ropes.

But what This Morning viewers love most is the couple aren't afraid to confront each other live on air and have had their fair share of on-screen clashes over the years.

Eamonn and Ruth have hilarious argument on air

Eamonn and Ruth have had hilarious and awkward on-screen rows live on This Morning over 'rubbish' presents, 'scantily clad' pics and even bacon.

One of their most notorious clashes came in November last year when Ruth shushed her stunned husband during a tense row.

Seething Eamonn remained silent after being shushed and looked seething as This Morning when into an ad break.

Even Valentine's Day was not sacred in 2020, as the loved-up couple had a domestic live on air over her 'rubbish' Valentine's Day gift.

Ben Shephard

Ben has already filled in for Phillip on This Morning

ITV have reportedly ear-marked Ben Shephard as a potential replacement for Phillip if the longtime host ever left This Morning.

The pair showed great on-screen chemistry when Ben covered for Phil back in 2015 - with the pair attempting welly wanging in the studio.

Then in 2016, viewers were left in hysterics during one memorable show when Holly made an awkward sex blunder.

"Funnily enough I've never willy wanged since then," exclaimed Holly, while Ben burst out laughing and almost fell to the floor.

Holly Willoughby, Ben Shephard
Holly and Ben impressed with their chemistry

According to The Sun, ITV's daytime boss Emma Gormley sees Ben as the top candidate to step into Phillip's shoes.

This would mean Ben would have to give up his normal presenting duties on fellow ITV show Good Morning Britain.

However, a spokesperson for ITV told Mirror Online there's no truth to the claim, describing it as "untrue".

Rochelle and Marvin

Marvin Humes and Rochelle Humes
Rochelle and Marvin have switched from singing to presenting

Rochelle and Marvin first presented together on This Morning in 2013 - and were a smash hit with viewers.

The husband-and-wife duo were so popular that This Morning bosses brought them back in 2014 and they have been filling in ever since over the summer months.

In 2018, ITV bosses had a massive decision to make when Holly jetted off to Australia to cover for Ant McPartlin in the I'm A Celebrity jungle.

They decided that Rochelle would be the perfect replacement - and The Saturdays singer impressed everyone during her lengthy stint alongside Phillip.

Phillip was full of praise for pal Rochelle when she stepped in

Co-host Phillip said Rochelle had fitted into the team very well and that he loved working with another friend.

"She’s slotted into the team at This Morning so well," Phil told Mirror Online.

"She was definitely, when Holly said to me she was going to do it, then Rochelle was one of the first in my head. I thought she’d be great.

"She’d done the summer with Marvin. We’re all part of the same management company and all in the same friendship group. Everybody knows everybody. It's nice to be working with a mate."

Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden used to cover for the hosts before a big feud erupted

Amanda Holden was a frequent stand-in host on This Morning until a bitter feud with Phillip erupted in public.

The Britain's Got Talent judge complained that Schofield 'blocked her chances' of being his co-host in Holly's absence.

Speaking on her Heart radio show in June 2019, Amanda claimed she tried to make amends by asking Phil to meet for coffee but he ignored her olive branch.

"I've moved on from it, Jamie, you need to move on from it," she told co-host Jamie Theakston.

Heartbroken Phillip denied the allegations and insisted he had always tried to be "easy and fun" to work with during his 35-year career.

Amanda and Phillip have not seen eye to eye

Telling his Twitter followers it was "the end of another really sad weekend", Phillip explained that he would "take it on the chin".

It had been reported that Amanda was told that Rochelle had been given the role "because she was easier to ‘manage’ on air".

ITV tried to dispel rumours of the alleged feud by stating: "Presenter line-ups on This Morning change regularly. Final decisions are made by producers, not presenters.

"Phillip is a much-loved broadcaster and part of the ITV family. He’s a consummate professional and held in high regard at ITV.

“Amanda is also held in high regard as a judge on one of our biggest shows."

Rylan Clark-Neal

Rylan and Emma got the giggles whiel hosting This Morning

The X Factor singer turned presenter was a popular addition to the This Morning team in 2014.

Starting out as a showbiz and gossip reporter, Rylan easily made the transition into main presenter and has regularly taken on the role.

Rylan has presented alongside main hosts Holly, Phillip, Eamonn and Ruth as well as special guests including his 'Big Brother sister' Emma Willis and husband Dan Neal.

However, in December 2017, Rylan announced that he would be taking an extended break from his This Morning duties.

Rylan presented the show with husband Dan in 2016

At the time he was hosting Big Brother's Big on the Side until late at night and having to wake up early to be on the ITV show the next day.

"I was on This Morning pretty much four or five days a week, explained Rylan to The Metro this year.

"So it was quite a lot for me to do This Morning, four or five days a week plus the Big Brother 11 o’clock at night five nights a week."

"People genuinely think you're just on TV for the hour but I'd get to This Morning at half eight and I'd be on air until half 12.

"I'd then drive to Big Brother, get to Big Brother for two, I'm in meetings all day – production meetings, rehearsals, script, then I'll do the show at 11 o’clock, come off air at midnight, go home, you can't go straight to sleep, I’m wired I've just done a show, I ended up getting two hours sleep and then I'm up again in the shower to go to This Morning."

Alison Hammond

Alison Hammond has been keeping us in stitches for years

Alison Hammond is This Morning royalty - having joined the daytime show as a presenter and roving reporter in 2003.

The former Big Brother star has been at the centre of some of the show's most iconic moments over the years.

One of her funniest moments came when she desperately chased down Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in December 2017 shouting "Meg! Megs!!"

During This Morning's 30th anniversary, Alison accidentally shoved a man into the river at the Albert Dock in Liverpool while standing on a giant map of the UK.

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And in January last year she faceplanted in the snow during a live link to Phil and Holly while skiing in the French Alps.

Alison is a massive hit with the A-list celebs, having once received a proposal from Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson who got down on knee.

They got 'married' in a service ordained by comedian Kevin Hart, but Alison was 'heartbroken' when they had to split when his wife found out.

Alison also once officiated a wedding between a guest and her pet dog, proving she is capable of many roles on the show.

*This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10am



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