Phillip Schofield to be replaced on This Morning by the end of the week
Holly and Phil open This Morning on Monday
Following the “feud” claims, the bookmakers have predicted Phillip Schofield will leave This Morning “by the end of the week” and will be replaced by Dermot O’Leary.
According to William Hill, Dermot and Vernon Kay are the favourites tipped to replace Phillip.
William Hill Spokesperson, Lee Phelps, said: “If the rumours are to be believed then Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby’s friendship is very much on the rocks.
“Schofield’s head is the one that seems to be on the chopping block when it comes to the host of This Morning and we make him a 7/4 chance to no longer be the presenter of the ITV show by the end of the week.
“Dermot O’Leary and Vernon Kay remain the 5/2 favourites to replace him if he does leave the role, with Rylan Clark Neal and Andi Peters next best at 5/1.”
Other names that have been thrown into the mix to replace Phillip are Dan Walker, Eamonn Holmes and Ben Shephard.
Marvin Humes and Piers Morgan have also been tipped by the bookies.
Holly and Phillip seemed to put on a united front as they returned to screens on Monday. The duo were all smiles as they welcomed viewers to the show.
However, the duo faced criticism from viewers after the hosts didn’t address the “feud” claims on air.
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Phillip’s future on Dancing on Ice has also been thrown into doubt, with one source claiming he will be replaced by Stephen Mulhern.
“Stephen is a perfect fit and gets on brilliantly with Holly,” a source said.
“He’s long been regarded as the right man to take over and was sounded out by executives at the end of last year. He told friends he’d jump at the chance.”
Last week, the dad-of-two broke his silence regarding the claims, telling The Sun: “The last few weeks haven’t been easy for either of us.”
His statement read: “As I have said before, Holly is my rock. We’re the best of friends — as always, she is an incredible support on screen, behind the scenes and on the phone.
“Holly has always been there for me, through thick and thin. And I’ve been there for her. The last few weeks haven’t been easy for either of us.
“And Holly’s support throughout meant the world to me, as did the support of my bosses at ITV, my editor Martin Frizell and the whole This Morning family, including our amazing viewers.
“And of course, Holly has herself been ill with shingles.”
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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