The recent departure of Holly Willoughby from ITV’s long-standing daytime program, This Morning, has left a void in the hearts of loyal viewers, and speculation has been rife about who could potentially step into her shoes. One of the latest favourites to emerge as a contender for this coveted role is model and presenter Abbey Clancy.
Holly’s exit from the show came as a shock to fans, considering her impressive 14-year tenure on This Morning. Her decision to bid farewell to her role followed closely in the footsteps of her co-star, Phillip Schofield, who also left the show just months prior. As fans wondered about the future of the popular program, attention turned toward the charismatic Abbey Clancy, who is now being considered as one of the potential candidates to succeed Holly.
Abbey Clancy, known as the wife of former footballer Peter Crouch, has gained prominence not only for her modelling career but also for her successful forays into presenting. She has already endeared herself to audiences through her immensely popular podcast, “The Therapy Crouch,” and her recent ITVBe show, “Abbey Clancy: Celebrity Homes,” which made its debut earlier this month.
Speaking about Abbey’s suitability for the role, a source shared with The Sun, “Abbey is great on camera — she comes across confidently and has an affable nature which would prove a hit with This Morning viewers. She’s one of the names that has been mentioned as a potential replacement for Holly.” Abbey’s on-screen charisma and ability to connect with the audience make her a strong contender for this significant position.
Abbey Clancy’s journey to fame began when she appeared on “Britain’s Next Top Model” in 2006. That same year, she crossed paths with Peter Crouch, leading to their marriage in 2011. The Clancys have a close friendship with Holly Willoughby and her husband, Dan Baldwin, and even made guest appearances on This Morning. Their bond extends beyond the television screen, as they have enjoyed shared experiences such as attending Glastonbury together and owning neighbouring holiday homes in Portugal.
Holly’s departure from This Morning was a poignant moment, and she expressed her gratitude to fans and colleagues, saying, “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.” She acknowledged the loyal viewers who had been a constant source of support throughout her time on the show and emphasised that the program’s story was far from over.
Following Holly’s exit, various names have been put forward as potential replacements, including popular figures like Alison Hammond and Ben Shephard. Another name on the radar is Storm Huntley, who has garnered a substantial following as a presenter on Channel 5’s “Jeremy Vine” program. PR expert Andy Barr suggested that Storm Huntley is climbing in the odds among bookmakers as a potential candidate. He raised the possibility of a dual-female presenter approach to give the show a fresh look, alongside Alison Hammond. However, Storm Huntley herself mentioned a potential scheduling conflict.
In addition to the aforementioned names, other contenders for the role of Holly’s replacement include “Good Morning Britain” host Kate Garraway and “My Mum, Your Dad” star Davina McCall. There’s also been speculation that Abbey Clancy might pioneer a double act alongside her husband, Peter Crouch.
The departure of Phillip Schofield saw a rotation of co-hosts joining Holly, including Alison, Craig Doyle, and Josie Gibson, as ITV sought to maintain a versatile lineup. With Holly’s departure, the question of who will lead the show into the future remains unanswered, leaving eager viewers awaiting the announcement of the next chapter for This Morning.