It is understood This Morning will undergo a “complete overhaul” of its set and get two new presenters after Holly Willoughby announced her shock exit.
Bosses are said to be looking for “the new Phil and Holly” to take over the flagship morning show in the new year and will meet with potential presenters “until they find a couple with the perfect chemistry”.
The troubled show suffered a ratings decline after Holly’s co-host Phillip Schofield walked off the show after admitting an “ill-advised but not illegal” affair with a younger male colleague.
The daytime show experienced new success yesterday when Willoughby, its star for 14 years, announced via Instagram that she would not be returning to the famous sofa.
A show insider told The sun: “Holly’s decision to leave has sent shockwaves through ITV’s corridors of power, but there is now a feeling that change needs to be made – and this is the push we need.”
Holly Willoughby, who has hosted This Morning for 14 years, announced via Instagram that she would not be returning to the famous sofa
Familiar faces from This Morning, including Alison Hammond (pictured with Willoughby), are expected to continue appearing in their roles
Good morning Britain’s Ben Shephard has broken his silence about being Phillip Schofield’s successor on ITV This Morning (pictured with Holly Willoughby).
“This Morning boss Martin Frizell will continue to lead and work tirelessly to give viewers what they want – a warm, lively, feel-good magazine show hosted by two fresh new presenters.”
Other familiar faces from This Morning, including Alison Hammond, Dermot O’Leary and Josie Gibson, are expected to continue in their roles and work alongside the new talent.
Among the names being touted is ITV star Ben Shephard, who yesterday admitted he was “part of the furniture” on the show but was unsure what next year would bring.
He said The mirror: “What I can tell you is that I’m doing more – I’m going to do more, but I’m just really helping.” So I still have a few days to go until Christmas.
“So I’m not entirely sure, but I’m still a very, very large part of the furniture…”
Despite his obvious insecurities, bosses are reportedly hoping to test Shephard alongside some “exciting” female presenters.
Ben previously worked as a replacement presenter for Phillip on This Morning between 2005 and 2011.
A source told the Daily Mail: “Ben has done really well and bosses have been delighted with his partnership with Holly and there has been great feedback from many quarters.”
Ben Shephard, who has previously appeared on This Morning, was asked about a possible permanent participation in the show
Phillip Schofield, 61, resigned from ITV earlier this year after admitting an “ill-advised but not illegal” affair with a younger male colleague
“Ben is known at ITV for being very popular with viewers of all the shows he presents. He also enjoys the trust of the public and is very popular on ITV. He has hosted so many shows for the channel.
“He and Holly also have years of age – he presented This Morning a few years ago and they have a great relationship.”
As well as new presenters, the show’s set will be revamped from 2024, reports The Sun.
ITV bosses hope the new set and replacement presenters will revive the success of what has long been Britain’s most popular morning show and protect jobs.