Amanda Holden backs Dermot OLeary as Schofields This Morning replacement

Alison and Dermot open Friday’s edition of This Morning

Since Phillip Schofield’s exit from This Morning, his former co-host Holly Willoughby has taken an extended break from her hosting duties.

Over the past week, viewers have watched Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary, who usually present the Friday show, hold down the fort.

Although on Tuesday’s show, Alison revealed Dermot would be taking a small break on Wednesday to celebrate his 50th birthday.

Touching on his birthday during Amanda Holden and Jamie Theakston’s Heart breakfast show, the Britain’s Got Talent star made it clear she thinks Dermot should take over from Phillip.

Referencing his birthday, she commented: “I’m going to say, Dermot is 51?”

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Telling her she was incorrect, Amanda then guessed 54 and 48 before being buzzed and giving up.

Jamie replied: “No, he’s 50. Do you think he’d be good to replace Schofe?”

Sharing her support to see Dermot takeover from the role, she commented: “Oh, the big one wow!

“Yes, I think him and Alison do a great job, don’t they?”

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Phillip announced his exit from This Morning on Saturday afternoon on social media as he confirmed his departure would be with immediate effect following his last day on Thursday.

He first joined the daytime show back in 2002 and was later joined by Holly Willoughby in 2009.

Over the past 13 years, Holly and Phillip became a powerhouse duo and often reference how close they were off-camera by calling one another their “best friend”.

However, it was recently speculated the pair had fallen out behind the scenes with reports of Holly giving ITV bosses an ultimatum on who stayed.

In Phillip’s official statement, he wrote: “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.”

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