Holly Willoughby quits ITV’s This Morning after 14 years

Kerry Katona has claimed everyone was “waiting” for Holly Willoughby to quit This Morning before the host made her bombshell announcement last week.

The I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! star wrote that she “wasn’t surprised” Holly had quit as she shared who she would like to replace her.

Kerry, 43, penned in her OK! Magazine column: “Holly Willoughby has stepped away from This Morning and I think it was the right time, I wasn’t surprised.

“We were kind of all waiting for it, weren’t we? I give Holly her due and I think that everyone has to move on at some point, it’s nice to have shake-ups in TV too.

“ITV haven’t said who will replace her yet but I really like Christine Lampard, I think she’d be great. I like Craig Doyle too, he and Christine would make a bl**dy amazing team.”

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Craig is one of the rotating presenters fronting the show following Holly’s departure. The regular team also includes Alison Hammond, Dermot O’Leary, Josie Gibson, Ben Shephard and Rochelle Humes.

Lorraine’s regular stand-in Christine also has experience presenting the programme after previously appearing with both Holly and her former co-star Phillip Schofield.

Holly confirmed she was quitting the daytime show in a statement shared to Instagram last week.

The 42-year-old wrote: “I have let ITV know today that after 14 years, I will not be returning to This Morning.

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“To everyone who has ever worked on the show over the years, thank you so much. This is such a difficult goodbye, you are incredible and I forever will be proud of what we’ve done together.

“Thank you to everyone at ITV for being supportive. To every guest who has sat on our sofa, thank you.

“Most of all, thank you to the wonderful viewers. You’ve been so loyal, so supportive and the very best company every day.

“Richard and Judy said ‘we only look after this show, it will always belong to the viewers’. It’s been an honour to just be part of it’s story and I know this story has many chapters left to go.

“Sadly, however, I now feel I have to make this decision for me and my family. I will miss you all so much.”

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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