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07 August 2017

Why aren’t Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby presenting This Morning, when are they back and who is replacing them?

MUCH-LOVED ITV duo Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield are currently on a break from This morning during July and August.

While the pair take a rest and catch some sun, This Morning fans will instead be treated to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford taking over Phillip and Holly’s regular Monday to Thursday slots – while a variety of presenters will step in on Fridays. Here’s the lowdown on the summer schedule…

Holly and Phil are on their summer break and will return in September
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Why aren’t Holly and Phil on This Morning?

Holly and Phil’s last show before their summer break was on Friday, July 14.

Although they don’t usually present the programme on a Friday, they delighted fans by making a surprise appearance on their day off, with Holly joking: “We’re not usually here on a Friday, but there’s plenty of Friday fun to be had!”

The pair, like many busy parents, are making the most of time with their children as they break up for the summer.

Phillip has two daughters in their twenties with wife Stephanie Lowe, while Holly has three children: Belle, Chester and Harry with husband Daniel Baldwin.

The much loved daytime TV presenters regularly take breaks during the school holidays to spend time with their families, and took a week’s break before Christmas where co-stars Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes took over.

They will return to screens in September.

Eamonn and Ruth are taking over the show from Monday – Thursday
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Who will be replacing Holly and Phil on This Morning?

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford have been promoted from the Friday regulars to the weekday anchors of the much-loved ITV daytime show.

Before this, Eamonn was best known for his presenting work on Sky News, a role which he left in September 2016 after serving eleven years with the channel.

Ruth often acts as lead presenter on the panel of Loose Women, alongside co-hosts Linda Robson, Katie Price, Coleen Nolan and others.

In turn, the pair get their Fridays off while a series of other presenters take over.

They will be joined each week by the other This Morning regulars like chef Phil Vickery and soap expert Sharon Marshall.

Rylan Clark-Neal announced three new guests will be entering the Big Brother house on Tuesday
Showbiz correspondent Rylan is one of the guest hosts on Friday
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What guest presenters will be on This Morning’s Friday shows?

The first two Friday guests hosts were Rylan Clark-Neal and Sarah Greene, and the next week saw Rylan joined by bubbly guest presenter Alison Hammond.

Rylan and Sarah will be reunited on today’s show as they talk to a fitness star who’s turned his life around after previously being one of the world’s fattest men.

There are more names expected to be announced throughout the summer.

Rylan Clark-Neal

Normally, Rylan presents the showbiz gossip segment on the show, however it was not the first time he has presented the main This Morning show.

In July 2016, Rylan and husband Dan Neal made TV history as they became the first gay couple to host the programme, and fans praised both the show and the couple for their great performance.

He has also hosted the show alongside Holly when Phillip was off, and with Alison Hammond.

Besides popping up on This Morning, former X Factor contestant Rylan can be seen hosting Big Brother’s Bit on the Side on Channel 5. Previous jobs include hosting the last series of The Xtra Factor, alongside DJ Matt Edmonson, and taking the reigns of Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side twice a year.

Phillip’s old friend Sarah Greene is another Friday guest host
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Sarah Greene

Sarah Greene is old pals with This Morning regular, Phillip, with the pair launching their careers together back in the 80s.

They hosted Saturday morning TV show Going Live! together from 1987 to 1993.

Going Live! featured a range of comedy skits, show segments and games – including the iconic green gunge.

The show ran for six series and 179 episodes before eventually being replaced by the BBC with Live and Kicking.

Sarah later performed in the 2008 competition for Dancing on Ice, which Phil presented with Holly, but was the first to be eliminated.

The pair were reunited in April, when Sarah presented This Morning alongside Phil while Holly was off sick, giving fans of Going Live! a blast of nostalgia.

She was widely praised by This Morning viewers during her first Friday hosting slot, with one tweeting: “@thismorning can we get @RealSarahGreene on more often please? Love seeing her back again. Best stand in ever. Permanent role? #ThisMorning.”

During the episode, Sarah joked that Rylan had “saved her life” after she fell asleep in the bath the evening before.

“I was having a bath quite late last night and I fell fast asleep,” she explained.

“I suddenly heard the sign that a text had come in from my phone which was the other side of the bathroom, and it woke me up with a start. I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, I was about to disappear under the water!’”

This Morning delights viewers as Going Live's Philip Schofield and Sarah Greene reunite


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