Michelle Keegan front-runner to replace Holly Willoughby on Celebrity Juice – EXCLUSIVE

Michelle Keegan has been named as the favourite to replace Holly Willoughby on the next series of Celebrity Juice.

Holly, 39, announced on Sunday that she would be quitting her role as team captain on the hit ITV2 show after 12 years.

Fans now believe that 32 year old Michelle will take her place on the panel opposite Mel B, joining host Keith Lemon.

Gamblers have flocked to bookmakers to place bets on Michelle taking over, making her the new bookies' favourite.

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Coral's spokesman John Hill has exclusively told OK! online it would come as "no surprise" if Michelle was to join the show.

He said: "After leaving her role in Our Girl, Michelle Keegan is likely to have some time on her hands so we make her one of the front-runners to replace Holly Willoughby on Celebrity Juice.

"The popular actress has been a hit on the show before so it would be no surprise if she took up the role permanently."

Michelle is in the lead with odds of 4/1, with Scarlett Moffatt just behind her with odds of 9/2.

People also think Fearne Cotton could make a return to show, with odds for her and Emma Bunton both at 5/1.

Paddy McGuinness, who replaced Fearne when she quit, Eamonn Holmes and Claudia Winkleman are all at 6/1.

The bookies' initial favourite Kelly Brook currently sits with odds of 8/1, where she is joined by Rufus Hound.

Holly announced she was quitting Celebrity Juice in an emotional Instagram post over the weekend.

She wrote to her 6.6million followers: "Thank you @celebjuiceofficial for 12 years of fantastic chaos…

"I can't quite believe what we've done and how quick that time has gone. Thank you to you all for watching..we've always had the loudest and best audiences.

"Also a huge thank you to @itv2 for believing in the show in the first place and for all of your support…Over the years the production team has changed, however to anyone lucky enough to have worked on the show, they will know that we really do have the best time, it's never felt like work and always been to me like a night out…

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"Thank you for all your ingenious ideas and hard work… all good things must come to an end and nothing lasts forever…

"It's time for me to hand over my team captain seat to some lucky lucky person… whoever that is, know you are about to get one of the best jobs in telly working with one of comedies finest… @keithlemon.

"Where to begin… I remember starting this journey with you and saying ‘I think this might work'… my goodness me it did… three friends, you me and @fearnecotton … and that is what is at the heart of it.. friendship… I love the bones of you Lemon!

"Thank you for making me laugh for twelve years… I'll be back as a guest and just to make sure someone is keeping you in check… if I don’t see you through a week or next week or the week after… know you are always in my heart…"

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