Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield with Ant and Dec hugging

Odds slashed as Ant and Dec tipped to ’steal Phil and Holly’s spot on the This Morning sofa’

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Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby could be replaced on This Morning by Geordie duo Ant and Dec as bookmakers slash the odds on the pair taking over.

Both Holly and Phil have hit the headlines this past week following reports the former besties have become embroiled in a “rift”. Speculation has been rife over Holly and Phil’s position on This Morning and whether they could end up leaving.

And now, one bookmakers has slashed the odds on Ant and Dec landing the daytime slot if Phil and Holly leave this year.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield smiling on This Morning
Holly and Phil are apparenly ‘not as close as they once were’ (Credit: ITV)

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby

All eyes were on Holly and Phil when they hosted This Morning on Monday morning (May 15) amid all the reports. The pair never mentioned the claims about their friendship during the episode. But viewers claimed that they clocked the “tension” and cringed at their TV screens.

And if Phil, who has fronted the show for over 20 years, does decide to walk away there are a few fellow celebs that are being tipped to take over.

Ant and Dec on This Morning
Ant and Dec could land the major daytime gig (Credit: ITV)

Who could front This Morning instead of Phil?

Earlier this week, BoyleSports revealed the odds of Phillip being replaced by the end of the year were cut into 5/2 from 5/1. And there’s several names thrown into the ring as to who could step in.

TV legend Dermot O’Leary was named as favourite to take over the hosting job from Phil earlier this week. The X Factor alum star has odds of 7/2 to replace Phil. Dermot is a regular on This Morning. He fronts the show every Friday alongside national treasure Alison Hammond. The two are now 7/2 favourites to take over as permanent presenters.

As for Geordie duo Ant and Dec, it appears they’re becoming more and more likely to take over the show’s reigns. Earlier this week, bookies had odds of 25/1 for the pair to swap Saturday nights for weekday mornings. Today (May 19), BoyleSports slashed the odds to 5/1.

A rep said: “Speculation is rife and as bets on Phil and Holly separating continue to snowball, Ant and Dec are being well backed to steal their slots on the sofa.”

Fears for Phillip Schofield amid This Morning scandal

What’s more, it comes after Phil’s pals have reportedly shared their fears for him. According to the Mirror, there are concerns that the story has the potential to damage the This Morning brand. One source alleged: “This Morning’s relationship with its viewers is built on trust. And they have to believe that Holly and Phil’s friendship, and what they’re watching, is real.”

ED! has contacted reps for Holly and Phil on the ‘feud’ claims.

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Joey Crutchley
Freelance Writer