Holly Willoughby’s This Morning co-star has reportedly confirmed when the presenter will be returning to the show after Phillip Schofield’s shock exit.
The presenter, 42, is currently taking an early half-term break from the daytime programme after Phillip, 61, made his exit last week amid rumours of a feud between the pair.
When Holly returns, she will host This Morning alongside other members of the ITV family while Phil will move on to other primetime projects.
The show’s resident royal expert, Camilla Tominey, has now confirmed that Holly will return to the sofa on June 5, according to the Mirror.
It comes after it was announced Holly would not be returning to This Morning this week after Phillip left the show.
Comeback: Holly Willoughby ‘s This Morning co-star has reportedly confirmed when the presenter will be returning to the show after Phillip Schofield’s shock exit
Time off: The presenter, 42, is currently taking an early half-term break from the daytime programme after Phillip, 61, made his exit last week amid rumours of a feud between the pair
The duo’s reign as the star couple of the ITV programme came to an end on Saturday as Phil quit with immediate effect.
The TV presenter bowed out of the programme following reports of a feud with his co-host Holly, with Thursday 18 May being his last ever show.
It was announced Holly would take a break – although her time off has been planned in advance.
The duo were both originally meant to have the week off due to half-term, so Holly could spend time with her children.
The scheduled break was a normal one for the former best friends – and didn’t have anything to do with their recent ‘feud’.
Phillip Schofield missed some crucial words on his final sign-off from This Morning on Thursday – suggesting the veteran presenter already knew it would be his last goodbye after his sensational exit from the show earlier today.
While Holly gave viewers the usual cheery ‘See you Monday!’, Phil on the other hand looked resilient as he simply said: ‘Bye!’
He acknowledged today that This Morning has ‘become the story’ following 10 days of intense media scrutiny amid reports of a fall-out between the show’s two presenters.
Return: The show’s resident royal expert, Camilla Tominey, has now confirmed that Holly will return to the sofa on June 5, according to the Mirror (L-R: Phillip Schofield, Holly, Gyles Brandreth and Camilla pictured this month)
In a statement released on Saturday, Phillip 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.’
Following his announcement, Holly 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.’
It comes as This Morning presenter Craig Doyle was praised by fans after he stood in for Dermot O’Leary on Wednesday’s episode of the show.
The star, 52, took over from Dermot while he celebrated his 50th birthday, helming the show with Alison Hammond. He will also co-host Thursday’s episode.
Regular Friday hosts Alison and Dermot were drafted in after Phillip’s shock exit from the programme, having revealed over the weekend he was quitting after 21 years on the iconic sofa.
While Phillip’s official replacement has yet to be announced viewers have called on Craig to step into the role permanently.
The Irish presenter is best known as a presenter for BT Sport where he covers the Rugby Union and MotoGP.
He made his debut on This Morning last year while stepping in for Dermot alongside Josie Gibson.
On Wednesday’s show things got off to an awkward start when he failed to realise that the show had returned from an advert break, confessing to viewers: ‘I forgot we were on telly! We were all just chatting and then the music started!’
New host? It comes after This Morning presenter Craig Doyle was praised by fans after he stood in for Dermot O’Leary on Wednesday’s episode of the show
Despite the blunder, fans were quick to praise Craig, tweeting: ‘Craig and Alison are a great combo! Love his energy and natural charisma.’;
‘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) #thismorning’;
‘Craig Doyle would be an excellent replacement, he has years of experience of presenting #ThisMorning’; ‘Nobody, absolutely nobody, is a better tv partner for Holly than Craig Doyle. If you can’t see it, there’s something wrong with you #thismorning #HollyWilloughby.’
While viewers praised his ‘natural’ demeanour, body language expert Darren Stanton revealed that Craig was ‘nervous’, leaving Alison to act as the ‘leader.’