Speculation as to whether Holly Willoughby will return as hostThis morning is over: She will be on the show on Monday (June 5) with a new co-host.
Willoughby announced an extended half-time break soon after Schofield left the ITV daytime series. However, Willoughby’s return, scheduled for next week, was called into question after Schofield admitted to lying about an affair with a younger colleague.
Schofield, 61, was dropped by his agents and announced his retirement from ITV, while Willoughby issued a brief statement calling the revelation “hurting”.
Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary stood in for Willoughby and Schofield last week. It has now been confirmed that Willoughby will return as planned on June 5th when she will be there This morning Assistant presenter Josie Gibson.
The news was announced by Hammond and O’Leary at the end of Friday (June 2) episode, in which the former got emotional while talking about Schofield.
It comes after Schofield’s revealing interview with the BBC’s Amol Rajan, in which he said he hadn’t told “anyone” about his affair with his ex This morning colleague, repeating his earlier statement that his former co-host “didn’t know about it.”
When asked by the BBC’s Rajan if he’d told Willoughby, he replied: “No, oh god, no, that’s a bigger question because our makeup room was like a sanctuary, so you tell in that one space everything.”
“Holly knows all about me, I know all about Holly… Holly didn’t know. Nobody knew. I didn’t tell anyone.”
Elsewhere, Schofield, who said he believes his career is “done,” shared The sun a text message he sent to Willoughby immediately after his testimony revealing the affair.
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He also apologized to Willoughby for lying to her about his relationship, explaining, “I lost my best friend. I let her (Holly) down. I failed the whole show. I let the viewers down. Holly didn’t know, and she was one of the first texts I sent to say, “I’m so, so sorry I lied to you.”
“She didn’t answer and I understand why she didn’t answer. So yes. If anyone associates Holly with it in any way; that is absolutely, utterly untrue.”
Gibson, who won the series in 2010 Big Brotherjoined the ITV show in 2019 and has been a co-host on a number of occasions as an assistant presenter.
Additional reporting by agencies