Phillip Schofield will only present one ITV show after This Morning exit

ITV have confirmed the show Phillip Schofield will present solo following his This Morning exit last week.

This Morning veteran Phil, 61, called it quits after 21 years of fronting the smash hit morning show, as reports of a "feud" with his co-host Holly Willoughby, 42, raged on.

On Saturday (May 20), ITV released a statement confirming his "immediate" exit but revealed he will continue to present peak time shows for ITV, including next month's The British Soap Awards – and a new prime time series.

According to The Mirror, insiders said the presenter may also return with either Dancing on Ice, The Cube or 5 Gold Rings.

Holly Willoughby, who has co-hosted This Morning alongside Phil since 2009, will remain on the show and will co-present with a roster of other hosts – but the search is reportedly on for a more permanent replacement.

It's believed if this proves difficult, Holly could helm the show in a similar manner to Susanna Reid, who has been the main presenter, with accompanying guest hosts, on Good Morning Britain since Piers Morgan's exit in 2022.

One source told The Mirror: "When Piers Morgan left GMB it was panic stations as everyone set about finding someone to replace such a huge personality. In the event, they needn't have worried.

"The guest hosts have worked a treat. So, while finding a regular is the ideal solution, it's also perfectly plausible that Holly can do a Susanna."

Confirming Phil's next presenting gig at the station, Kevin Lygo, ITV's managing director, Media and Entertainment, said: "Phillip is hands down one of the best broadcasters of his generation and we thank him for his two decades worth of absolutely terrific television on the This Morning sofa.

"This Morning is made by one of the best and most diligent teams in television, who produce over 12 hours of live television each week.

"We look forward to continuing our relationship with Phillip starting with The British Soap Awards in June and a brand new peak time series to come."

ITV have confirmed that Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary will be presenting the show this Monday morning. It's not yet known who will present for the rest of the week.

Phil has been at the helm of many ITV shows, including the popular The Cube, though this hasn't been on ITV since 2021, and 5 Gold Rings, which has been off air since the previous year. According to the source, bosses want to take Phil's presenting stints "slowly, one project at a time".

Addressing his departure in a statement, Phil said: "I have always been proud to cover fascinating stories on This Morning. But recently, This Morning itself has become the story.

"Throughout my career in TV – including the very difficult last few days – I have always done my best to be honourable and kind. I understand that ITV has decided the current situation can’t go on, and I want to do what I can to protect the show that I love.

"So I have agreed to step down from This Morning with immediate effect, in the hope that the show can move forward to a bright future. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me – especially This Morning's amazing viewers – and I’ll see you all for the Soap Awards next month."

Phil's last presenting stint on the beloved show was Thursday, May 18.

His long-time colleague – and former close friend – Holly Willoughby said: "It's been over 13 great years presenting This Morning with Phil and I want to take this opportunity to thank him for all of his knowledge, his experience and his humour.

"The sofa won't feel the same without him."


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