Following the shocking announcement that Fearne Cotton is leaving Celebrity Juice after 10 years, many fans were left wondering whether co-panellist Holly Willoughby would follow suit. But now the star, who is off from work at the moment following her successful time in Australia with I'm a Celebrity, has spoken out about Fearne's departure, and - much to fans' relief - confirmed her plans for the next year.
The mum-of-three captioned a photo of her and Fearne together on the show: "I'm going to miss you being on the other side of my banana... thank you for 10 years of laughter... love you @fearnecotton ... we are going to MISS you on @celebjuiceofficial SOOO much xxxx."
Holly Willoughby paid tribute to her co-panellist Fearne
Fans were left sad about Fearne's departure from the show but relieved that Holly would be staying on. One follower wrote: "Aww. At least holly is here," whilst another one said: "Oh no Why? you will be so missed @fearnecotton, good luck in whatever you're doing next but can't believe I'm reading this xx."
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Others were quick to offer a replacement for the mum-of-two: "@emilyatackofficial worthy successor!?"
Fearne with her husband Jesse Wood
Fearne, 37, announced the shocking news on Monday via The Sun, releasing a statement that read: "After ten years of complete fun, I have decided to leave Celebrity Juice. It has been a joy to be part of this magnificent show and I wish the team the very best in future series."
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It seems the regular panellist on the ITV2 comedy game show wants to focus on other projects. A source told The Sun: "Fearne has loved doing Celebrity Juice — it’s been a big part of her life. However, her career has taken a new turn in a different direction with the success of her books, such as Happy and Quiet, plus her wellbeing podcast Happy Place.
"She also has a new BBC series starting in the spring, called Project Interiors. It felt like the right time to move on and to focus on other parts of her career."