This Morning: New co-host to join Alison Hammond days after Phillip Schofield’s exit

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24 May 2023, 07:35

Alison Hammond on This Morning

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This Morning is getting another presenter shake-up today (Wednesday 24th May). 

After long-running host Phillip Schofield announced his shock departure from the ITV daytime series “with immediate effect”, Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary stepped up to fill in for Phil and co-host Holly Willoughby. 

On Monday (22nd May), after paying tribute to Phil’s This Morning career, the hosting duo also confirmed Holly would be taking two weeks off “for half term,” and will return to This Morning on Monday 5th June.

While Alison and Dermot have been at the helm all week, there will be a new line-up for today, with Alison being joined by This Morning regular Craig Doyle joining her on the sofa from 10am. 

The Irish presenter confirmed the news on his Instagram Stories by sharing a photo of him and Alison on the famous This Morning sofa with the caption: “Reunited."

He added: “See you on the sofa at 10am on Wednesday.

Craig is no stranger to the This Morning set, having joined the likes of Alison Josie Gibson on the sofa since joining the TM family in 2021. 

This Morning viewers are still reeling over the departure of Phillip, who announced he was stepping away from the show via Instagram on Saturday (20th May).

He 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.”

The announcement comes after rumours of a “feud” between Phillip and Holly, who have been co-hosting the show since 2009.

This Morning airs weekdays on ITV from 10am.