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Holly Willoughby’s co-host for This Morning confirmed following Phillip Schofield drama

This Morning has been thrown into disarray following the recent Phillip Schofield scandal

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This Morning stars Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary have confirmed that Holly Willoughby will be returning to the breakfast show amid rumours that the mum-of-three might be stepping down from her presenting role following the Phillip Schofield scandal. 

Holly has been on a long break while the news broke that Phillip had an affair with a younger man on the This Morning set, who he had originally met when the latter was a teenager. While Phillip quit the show after 20 years, Holly’s future was put in doubt following the news. 

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However, the star will indeed be returning to the ITV show from Monday, and it was revealed that Josie Gibson will be presenting alongside her. A permanent replacement for Phillip is still yet to be confirmed. 

During the last few days, Holly left the UK for a holiday in Portugal with her family, and posted via her Wylde Moon Instagram page about how to look after sun damaged hair. However, she also posted a statement regarding Phillip’s admission about his relationship with the crew member, writing: “It's taken time to process yesterday's news. When reports of this relationship first surfaced, I asked Phil directly if this was true and was told it was not. It's been very hurtful to now find out that this was a lie.”

josie gibson
Josie will be joining Holly on Monday

Phillip has since claimed that Holly had no knowledge of their relationship, telling the BBC: “I WhatsApped her on the day I put out the statement. I said that you don't have to reply, you probably can't, but I want to say I'm desperately, desperately sorry.”

He added: “I adore Holly. I've always adored her. She's my TV sister. I don't have a problem with her at all. I would say to everyone, my family, friends, my work colleagues, to ITV, the public, my management company, the people I lied to: I am desperately sorry. But principally I would like to apologise to him.” 

Phillip Schofield wears a denim shirt on This Morning© Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock
Phillip has apologised for his actions

The 61-year-old also told The Sun: “I’ve lost my best friend. I let her down. I let that entire show down. I let the viewers down. Holly did not know. And she was one of the first texts that I sent, to say, ‘I am so, so sorry that I lied to you’.

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“She didn’t reply and I understand why she didn’t reply, as well. So yeah. If anyone is in any way linking Holly to this; that is ­absolutely, wholly untrue.” 

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning© Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock
Phillip said he had reached out to Holly

There is plenty of speculation about who might be taking over Phillip’s presenting role, with Craig Doyle being a popular choice among viewers. Fans have been loving Craig's appearances on the show, with many asking that he be made permanent. 

One person tweeted: "Loving Craig Doyle's relaxed and dry sense of humour on @ThisMorning he also asks the guests sensible questions, he's so chilled out, even Alison's calmed down a bit. Surely he has to be considered for the permanent role (with Josie.)"

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