Abbey Clancy ‘wants guest spot’ on This Morning alongside husband Peter Crouch as bosses search for Holly Willoughby’s successor: ‘She’s the perfect fit’
Abbey Clancy is ready to throw her hat into the ring as ITV weigh up a long-term replacement for Holly Willoughby on This Morning.
The model, 37, is keen on winning a role with the daytime juggernaut as it scrambles to steady the ship following the controversial departures of Willoughby and TV veteran Phillip Schofield, The Sun reports.
Schofield’s 21-year tenure ended in May after his affair with a young male showrunner was made public, followed by claims of an increasingly strained relationship with his co-host.
Willoughby, who originally joined the This Morning team in 2009, left five months later ‘for the sake of her family’ after discovering she was the target of a foiled kidnap and murder plot.
Abbey has since revealed she would be keen to win a guest spot on the show’s famous couch alongside her husband, former Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and England footballer Peter Crouch.
Startling news: Willoughby, who originally joined the This Morning team in 2009, left five months later ‘for the sake of her family’ after discovering she was the target of a foiled kidnap and murder plot
Exit: The model, 37, is keen on winning a role with the daytime flagship as it scrambles to steady the ship following the controversial departure of Willoughby (pictured on the show in September)
‘A guest spot would be an ideal option, and given her and Peter are the ultimate double act on their podcast, The Therapy Crouch, they might be the perfect match while the search continues for a more permanent solution.
‘For Abbey, her children are always her priority and with so much on her plate at the moment work wise, a commitment like This Morning would naturally be a huge undertaking,’ a telly source told The Sun.
A different This Morning source explained: ‘Now Holly has gone, there’s a real need to find someone whose fun personality shines and Abbey is the perfect fit.’
The latter also admitted it would be ideal to have the model join the show ‘in any way possible’ – revealing that also having Peter alongside her would be ‘unbelievable’.
ITV bosses are currently on the hunt for the perfect match, as the iconic morning show will see a total makeover including two new hosts and a new set.
The bookies’ new favourite to be one-half of This Morning’s presenting team was revealed on Thursday as fans praised their presenting skills.
William Hill has announced that Rylan Clark, 35, has 5/4 odds to take over from Phillip Schofield and more recently Holly, 42.
Rylan, is currently guest-presenting the breakfast show alongside permanent host Josie Gibson.
Going strong: The Liverpool-born star has been booked and busy with her latest ITV’s Celebrity Homes and keeping up with her successful podcast The Therapy Crouch alongside her husband Peter Crouch
Great pair: And Abbey revealed she would be keen to get a guest spot on the famous couch presenting alongside football star Peter, 42
Busy woman: A guest spot would be the best deal for the former model, a telly source revealed, as she currently has a lot on her plate
His high odds will be welcome news to Rylan who has had a tough year due to his mother’s ill health.
Rylan is currently a rotating presenter from Monday to Thursday alongside Josie Gibson, Craig Doyle, Rochelle Humes, and Ben Shepherd.
However, the duo being permanent seems unlikely as Josie has just 50/1 odds of replacing Holly.
The favourite to replace Holly is Loose Women’s Christine Lampard.
William Hill also revealed the four people that are close on Rylan’s heels to replace Philip Schofield. Leading the pack is Dermot O’Leary.
Dermot, 50, is best known for his former presenting role on The X Factor. He currently co-presents This Morning with Alison Hammond, 48, and bookies say he has a 3/1 chance of continuing the role permanently.
The father-of-one has been linked to This Morning since 2014 when he served as a stand-in for Schofield.
Favourite: William Hill announced Rylan Clark, 35, has 5/4 odds to take over from Philip Schofield and Holly, 42
Could it be him? Dermot O’Leary, 50, has 3/1 odds of replacing Holly and Phil, according to William Hill
Good chance: William Hill says Marvin Humes, 38, has 3/1 odds for taking over the top spot, meanwhile Rochelle Humes, 34, who previously held 10/1 odds, has fallen out of the top five
Dermot admitted in September that the audience could pick up on the awkwardness between himself and Alison.
He said: ‘The presenters make a difference … if two people aren’t getting on, the viewers can see that.’
‘Alison Hammond, my co-host, and I didn’t really know each other when we started working together but now we’re like family. I think there’s an honesty to that.’
An insider co-signed this, saying: ‘Alison and Dermot got off to a tricky start, they had very different levels of experience and came from totally different places but they then did start to rub along quite nicely.’
Marvin, 38, a member of boyband JLS, the runners-up of the fifth series of X Factor in 2008.
He has previously presented This Morning during the summer holidays with his wife Rochelle.
William Hill says he has 3/1 odds for taking over the top spot, meanwhile Rochelle Humes, 34, who previously held 10/1 odds for replacing Holly.
The couple are currently the co-hosts of the popular BBC Saturday night gameshow The Hit List.
Separately, Rochelle regularly co-presented the family favourite Ninja Warrior UK, which returns for season 5 next year.
Marvin and Rochelle are a hit with viewers who can relate to their busy household – the couple shares daughters Alaia-Mai, 10, and Valentina, 6, and son Blake, three, together.
They are the favourites to take over from Willoughby and Schofield as the hosts for Dancing On Ice in 2024, should Holly leave.
Though best-known for his presenting, Stephen, 46, is also a magician.
He began his career presenting various children’s television programmes on CITV with magical themes, and some without.
Stephen transitioned into mainstream television with Dancing On Ice: Defrosted from 2006 to 2007.
He began rapidly gaining popularity in 2007 when he became the presenter of Britain’s Got More Talent, a sister show to Britain’s Got Talent for acts that didn’t make it into the main show.
The presenter stayed in this role until 2019.
Stephen officially became a household name when he began presenting hit gameshow Catchphrase from its 2013 revival until present.
He was a guest presenter on This Morning from 2012 to 2013.
Stephen is also the favourite to take over from Schofield as the host of Dancing On Ice in 2024, should Holly choose to stay on.
Richard Madeley has 14/1 of replacing Schofield, says William Hill.
It is no surprise that Richard, 67, is on this list, given he presented the show when it began in 1988, alongside wife Judy, 75.
The couple left the show in 2001 to host their own, Richard & Judy, which ran on Channel 4 until 2009.
Decades of experience: Stephen has a 10/1 chance of replacing Phil on This Morning – having already replaced him on Dancing On Ice
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