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Good Morning Britain’s Kate Garraway is reportedly in the running the join This Morning as sources claim ITV show is holding “auditions” for new hosts.
It is thought current host Josie Gibson, who has been filling in since Holly Willoughby quit the show earlier this month, could be gearing up to take part in this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, and that ITV bosses are using the opportunity to “test the chemistry” of other presenters.
According the the Daily Mail, an insider stated: “There will be a mix of different hosts over the coming weeks as bosses screen test various contenders, some who will have been on the show before and some won’t.
“There is a great existing pool of presenters both male and female who have featured before but bosses will also be looking outside of the show to try potential new faces out.
“It’s an obvious way to test chemistry, likeability, and the sheer skill of presenters to see if they can make hosting a live two-and-a-half-hour show look easy.”
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Rumoured frontrunners to replace Holly reportedly include Kate Garraway and Davina McCall.
Express.co.uk has approached ITV for a comment on the rumours.
ITV is also yet to find a permanent replacement for Phillip, who quit the show in May after more than two decades as host following an “unwise but not illegal” affair with a younger colleague.
Many other names have also been speculated since Holly’s decision to quit.
Jeremy Vine on 5 star Storm Huntley was among the bookies’ favourites to replace Holly earlier this week.
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“Our betting suggests Storm Huntley is at the top of ITV’s shortlist to replace Holly Willoughby,” Coral’s John Hill said.
“The Scottish presenter is very familiar with morning television and she is proving very popular with punters for the role.”
As it stands, Friday’s presenter Alison Hammond is the second favourite to replace Holly, with her odds at 5/2 followed by Josie and Rochelle Humes.
When announcing she was leaving This Morning earlier this month, Holly said in a lengthy statement: “I have let ITV know today that after 14 years, I will not be returning to This Morning.
“To everyone who has ever worked on the show over the years, thank you so so much.
“This is such a difficult goodbye, you are incredible and I forever will be proud of what we’ve done together. Thank you to everyone at ITV for being supportive.”
She continued: “To every guest who has sat on our sofa, thank you. Most of all, thank you to the wonderful viewers. You’ve been so loyal, so supportive and the very best company every day.”
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.
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