Holly Willoughby, a beloved ITV presenter, is reportedly in talks to leave ITV amidst the Phillip Schofield scandal. What lies ahead for the star?
According to recent reports, Holly Willoughby, renowned ITV presenter, might soon be leaving the channel to pursue opportunities with rival channel BBC. Willoughby’s consideration of the move follows a controversy involving her former co-host Phillip Schofield.
This Morning: Why the Switch?
Holly Willoughby, known for her charm and professionalism, has been a staple on ITV’s This Morning since 2009. However, the recent scandal involving Phillip Schofield, who was revealed to have had an affair with a younger male ITV employee, could be a catalyst for her decision.
The reports claim that BBC chiefs have been in touch with Willoughby, offering her opportunities to star in new shows. These talks reportedly came after Schofield’s departure from the show, which had been a topic of speculation for weeks.
This Morning: Holly Willoughby’s BBC History
Interestingly, this isn’t Holly’s first time interacting with the Beeb. She has previously hosted a show, Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof, alongside Lee Mack. An inside source revealed that Holly Willoughby has maintained a good rapport with the BBC since then, and the channel has been eager to bring her onboard for other projects.
As viewers grapple with Schofield’s departure, there’s been widespread speculation about whether Holly will continue to grace the iconic sofa of This Morning. This concern was addressed when The Sun confirmed that Holly would indeed return to This Morning, despite pressures to step down.
“She has made it clear she was one of the people Phil lied to and she has nothing to hide,” said a source close to Holly. “She will return to This Morning as planned on Monday and carry on like the professional she is.”
This Morning: Holly Willoughby’s Legacy on ITV
Holly and Phillip have presented This Morning every Monday to Thursday for the last 14 years, becoming a mainstay of British daytime television. The Friday slot of the show has been hosted by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary since 2021.
The ongoing drama at ITV has certainly stirred the pot, but Willoughby’s loyalty to her work shines through. Despite the tumultuous circumstances, Holly is set to be joined by Josie Gibson on the programme this Monday.