Carol Vorderman has predicted who will be replacing Phillip Schofield on This Morning, and she’s already a TV favourite.
The 61-year-old host announced he was stepping down from the ITV daytime programme after more than 20 years, with Holly Willoughby going on to continue presenting with other members of the This Morning team.
The pair were said to be ‘barely speaking’ behind-the-scenes and it was claimed that their relationship had ‘cooled’, with Phil stepping down after ‘a very difficult last few days’.
Phil’s departure from the show came a week before he released a statement admitting to have a relationship with a much younger man who worked as a runner on This Morning.
In a lengthy statement to the Daily Mail, Phil said their relationship was ‘more than a friendship’ and insisted it was ‘unwise but not illegal’, and confessed that he had lied about the relationship to his bosses and colleagues, and would now be stepping down from ITV with ‘immediate effect’.
As the story continued to unfold, former Countdown star Carol weighed in on who could step in to replace Phil.
Carol Vorderman has weighed in (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
Phillip Schofield has now quit ITV (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)
During an appearance on Have I Got News For You, which was filmed before the news about Phil’s affair broke, Carol hinted Alison Hammond would take on the new permanent role, alongside Holly.
‘Probably Holly and Alison, I would have thought,’ the 62-year-old said, denying that she would be taking over the role.
‘That’s where I’d put my money,’ she added.
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Though it has yet to be confirmed who will be taking on the permanent role, the new Great British Bake Off host was recently said to be ‘likely’ to spend more time in London filming This Morning.
Holly Willoughby will continue presenting This Morning (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
Alison Hammond stepped in and is now a favourite to replace (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)
An insider told The Sun: ‘It’s looking highly likely she will be asked to do more days a week on This Morning — and therefore she will be spending more time in London.’
Alison was previously rumoured to be hosting with Holly after Phil took a break during his brother Timothy Schofield’s trial.
The temporary This Morning partnership was such a huge hit with viewers that bosses are said to be looking to pair them up more often.
One source spilled: ‘It was a super-clever idea to slot Alison in with Holly, and it worked so well.
‘It was a new dynamic for Holly who has starred with Phil almost every time she has appeared on This Morning for nearly 14 years.
Alison and Dermot O’Leary hosted Monday’s This Morning (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)