Holly Willoughby is said to have revealed her preferences for who could replace Phillip Schofield on This Morning when she returns from her summer leave.
Since Phillip, 61, left from ITV after confessing to lying about an affair with a runner, the Wylde Moon entrepreneur, 42, has been presenting with several co-hosts, including Josie Gibson and Dermot O’Leary.
Before it was revealed that employers had chosen against hiring a permanent replacement for the former Dancing On Ice host, people were demanding for Craig Doyle to fill his shoes.
Instead, it was reported that Holly will remain on the show indefinitely, joined by rotating co-presenters from the This Morning stable, with Steve Jones also joining the fold.
According to a source, Holly wants Alison Hammond to replace Phillip and become her permanent co-host.
ITV verified the news to Metro.co.uk. When Alison returns from her vacation in Portugal on September 4 and the next day, she will co-host alongside Holly.
The insider told the Daily Mail: ‘To ITV bosses, Holly and Alison are the dream team and it also what Holly wanted and that is very important to those high up because they don’t want to lose her.
‘It shows how much Holly means business when it comes to saving This Morning from the trauma it has endured since the whole Schofield scandal. She is determined to keep things going.
‘They have this natural chemistry, they are friends and it’s something that the bosses hope the viewers will enjoy.’
‘Holly would love for them to be a permanent pairing but Alison is in such demand across the whole television industry these days that it is impossible for her to commit to the show full-time but Holly will do her very best to make sure they are together as much as possible,’ they continued, referring to Alison’s new gig as the co-presenter of Bake Off.
Off-screen, Alison and Holly are pals who have shared photos of themselves hanging out on Instagram.
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.
Source My Celebrity Life.