Dermot O’Leary is in talks to take over from Holly Willoughby while the star takes some time off over the summer holidays.
The X Factor presenter will join the likes of This Morning regulars Rochelle Humes and Alison Hammond as well as new guest presenter, Ore Oduba, on the sofa on Fridays throughout the summer.
Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes will be at the helm from Monday to Thursday, in place of usual hosts Holly and Philip Schofield.
It’s no surprise Holly and Phil, 58, are taking their annual break over summer as they’ve continued presenting the popular daytime TV show throughout lockdown – an achievement the show’s editor, Martin Frizell, is very proud of.
He said, “We’ve been inundated with viewers’ positive feedback throughout lockdown on how This Morning has provided a much-needed comfort blanket.”
Echoing the boss’ sentiment, Eamonn said he hopes to provide some “normality” over summer, despite the ongoing global pandemic.
He said: “It’s set to be a very different summer for us all, so we hope that here on This Morning we can continue to provide some sense of normality, and lots of craziness of course.”
Dermot’s latest TV gig comes just weeks after he announced the arrival of his first child with wife Dee Koppang. And Holly was one of the first celebs to congratulate Dermot, 47, on his bundle of joy.
The 39-year-old – who has three children of her own – wrote, “Congratulations… Love you both… Welcome to the world baby Koppang O’Leary, can’t wait for snuggles.”
It comes after Holly admitted she’s “always broody” and has considered expanding her brood on several occasions.
She has three children, Harry, 11, Belle, nine and Chester, five, with husband Dan Baldwin. But isn’t totally against having a fourth.
“I’m always broody,” she said in an interview back in 2018. “Part of me wants another baby but part of me thinks that’s not a good enough reason!
“I’ve almost decided not to…but not quite.”
It’s not the first time Dermot has graced our screens on This Morning as he previously hosted alongside Holly back in 2014.