ALISON Hammond is “highly likely” to become a bigger part of ‘This Morning‘ following Phillip Schofield’s departure.
The 48-year-old presenter has been tipped to replace Phillip, 61, on the ITV show, and it’s now been revealed that she put her house in the West Midlands on the market on the day that his exit was announced.
A source told The Sun newspaper: “The timings are entirely coincidental but are, perhaps, telling. Alison loves that house but wants a fresh start. She’s incredibly in demand.
“It’s looking highly likely she will be asked to do more days a week on ‘This Morning’ – and therefore she will be spending more time in London.”
Alison and Dermot O’Leary replaced Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on ‘This Morning’ in January 2021.
And it’s recently been suggested that she could become a full-time host of the show alongside Holly Willoughby.
Earlier this week, meanwhile, Alison hailed Phillip as “one of the best live television broadcasters” Britain has ever produced.
The veteran presenter previously announced that he was stepping down from ‘This Morning’ “with immediate effect” after more than 20 years on the show, and co-hosts Alison and Dermot both acknowledged that he’s played a huge part in the programme’s success.
Alison said: “Now, we can’t start today’s show without paying tribute to the man who spent the last two decades sitting on the ‘This Morning’ sofa, Phillip Schofield.”
Dermot continued: “So, as a show, everyone on and off screen at ITV and ‘This Morning’ wants to say a huge thank you to Phil for what he’s done to make the show such a success over the last 21 years.”
Alison also wished the veteran TV presenter well for the future.
She said: “Quite simply, we all know he is one of the best live television broadcasters this country has ever had. And we and all the team wish him all the best for the future.”
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV1 and ITVX.