This Morning’s Potential New Dynamic Duo: Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard
This Morning, the long-running ITV program, is in discussions to introduce a fresh presenting pair, as revealed by The Mail on Sunday.
ITV sources suggest that Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard could be the ideal candidates to succeed Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. It’s believed that their close friendship and on-screen chemistry would resonate with viewers.
Ben Shephard, aged 48, had already been earmarked to join Holly Willoughby on the show from January, as executives aimed to establish a new permanent co-host instead of relying on a rotating roster of existing staff.
Although Shephard has yet to finalize a contract with This Morning, there is a strong interest in bringing him on board. However, following Holly Willoughby’s surprising resignation, the urgent task is to find a female co-host to join him.
Kate Garraway, aged 56, renowned for her warmth and intelligence, currently co-hosts Good Morning Britain alongside Ben Shephard one or two days a week.
An insider at This Morning commented, “Ben and Kate are adored by the public when they host together. Fans love them.” While Alison Hammond and Josie Gibson are appreciated by the show’s executives, they recognize the need for a more substantial co-host.
Kate Garraway’s background in journalism, combined with her humor and affability, makes her a compelling candidate.
ITV’s Head of Daytime, Emma Gormley, is tasked with assembling the new presenting team and recognizes the importance of making the right choice from the outset.
Other potential pairs under consideration include Emma and Matt Willis, as well as Cat Deeley and Patrick Kielty. However, some within the channel’s leadership believe that selecting lesser-known talent might be a wiser move.
The moment Holly Willoughby, aged 42, announced her departure, agents representing celebrity clients inundated ITV with suggestions. Sources at ITV indicate that individuals from various fields, including news, sports, and entertainment, have expressed interest in becoming her successor.
There have even been approaches from BBC presenters eager to make the transition. Stars vying for this prestigious role are aware that it offers not only an honor but also the opportunity to build lucrative personal brands.
Holly Willoughby’s surprising resignation came after 14 years on This Morning, following the exposure of an alleged plot to kidnap and harm her.
In her statement, the mother of three mentioned, “It’s been an honor to be a part of [the show’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.” ITV has yet to confirm whether she will host its Sunday night show Dancing On Ice when it returns in January.