Ben Shephard’s Rise as Phillip Schofield’s Potential Successor on This Morning

Susanna Reid’s Nod to Ben Shephard as Phillip Schofield’s Successor

Good Morning Britain star Susanna Reid has added fuel to the ongoing speculation surrounding ITV’s choice for Phillip Schofield’s replacement on This Morning.

Phillip, who previously co-hosted the show with Holly Willoughby, stepped down earlier this year amidst a scandal involving an admitted “unwise but not illegal” affair with a much younger male colleague.

This departure left a void and raised questions about who would take on the role permanently.

A Carousel of Guest Hosts

Following Phillip’s exit, This Morning witnessed a revolving door of guest hosts, including Josie Gibson and Craig Doyle, joining Holly Willoughby on the iconic sofa.

Among these stand-ins, Susanna’s colleague from Good Morning Britain, Ben Shephard, made an appearance and received an overwhelmingly positive response from viewers, sparking calls for him to secure a permanent position.

Speculation on the Future Host

While no official announcement has been made regarding Phillip’s successor, recent rumors have suggested that Ben Shephard might be the frontrunner for the coveted role.

Susanna’s Playful Tease

During a segment featuring Loose Women star Coleen Nolan on the breakfast show, Susanna Reid playfully teased Coleen about her appearance, jokingly suggesting that Coleen had “defected” from her own show.

Susanna then cheekily inquired whether Coleen’s appearance was “in revenge for This Morning nicking Ben Shephard.”

Phillip Schofield’s Exit

Phillip Schofield, aged 61, had a long and successful tenure co-hosting This Morning alongside Holly Willoughby.

However, the partnership faced speculation and reports of tension, eventually leading to Phillip’s departure in May of this year. The situation escalated with the revelation of his affair, which he openly acknowledged.

The Uncertain Future of This Morning

Since Phillip’s exit, Holly Willoughby returned to the show, accompanied by various guest hosts. ITV has yet to appoint a permanent replacement for Phillip, leaving viewers and fans in suspense about the future of This Morning.

The Aftermath of Phillip’s Exit

Following his departure, Phillip Schofield shared his thoughts in interviews, expressing feelings of loss and a sense that his television career was behind him.

The uncertainty regarding his successor continues to dominate discussions about the show’s future.

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