ITV bosses see Dermot and Alison as ‘successors to Holly and Phil’ on This Morning

By Group Reporter
Tuesday, 26th October 2021, 9:31 am

Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond are seen as successors to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on ITV’s This Morning, according to a report.

Bosses on the show have been impressed by the duo, who started hosting Friday editions in January, and believe they are a “breath of fresh air”, The Sun reports.

The pair replaced Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.

Dermot, 48, and Alison, 46, have just finished a week-long stint hosting the show as Holly, 40, and Phillip, 59, took a break.

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    ‘They are very much viewed as a breath of fresh air’

    A show insider told the newspaper: “There are no firm plans to replace the hosts but producers always keep an eye on potential heirs.

    "Alison and Dermot will have been scrutinised during their week-long stint to see how This Morning would look if they took over full-time.

    “They are very much viewed as a breath of fresh air and have had a largely positive response from viewers.”

    Phillip has presented the daytime show since 2002, while Holly replaced Fern Britton as host in 2009.

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