With Holly Willoughby still on maternity leave ITV have confirmed that Christine Bleakley followed by Amanda Holden will be on co-hosting duties with Philip Schofield on This Morning for the first part of 2015. Both have co-hosted several times before.
The morning magazine show will be back on air post the festive break on Monday January 5th with Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley hosting.
Picking up the baton from Amanda Holden, Christine – who has guest hosted This Morning several times – said, “It’s always a joy to host This Morning and to see my good friend Phillip, we always have fun together and I can’t wait to see the whole team again.”
Fresh from hosting part of ITV’s Text Santa together, Phillip and Christine will continue their partnership on This Morning every Monday to Thursday until February’s half term week when Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford take the reins.
Amanda Holden – who covered Holly’s maternity leave throughout 2014 – will then return following the February half term to co-host This Morning with Phillip until Holly returns. Amanda said, “I am thrilled to be coming back. I have such fun on This Morning and working with Phillip. It is a joy to be on such a well-loved programme, covering such a huge range of topics. I can’t wait to get back once my filming commitments at the beginning of the year are completed.”
Speaking about both of his co-hosts, Phillip said, “Naturally I miss Holly very much, but I do consider myself a very lucky man to get to work on This Morning alongside very talented, beautiful and funny women! I always have a great time with Christine and Amanda.”
This Morning returns to ITV from Monday 5 January 2015.