This Morning is facing big changes behind the scenes, with Phillip Schofield tipped as the ‘first major name’ to be dropped, it’s been reported.
This week, it was back to business as usual for Phillip, 61, and Holly Willoughby, 42, as the longstanding co-hosts returned to front the show amid speculation of a ‘fallout’ between them.
Despite appearing cheerful while on-air, with Holly later pictured attending the glamorous and star-studded Prince’s Trust Awards, rumours have continued to plague the ITV programme, with it being alleged that she considered quitting altogether to protect herself.
It’s now been claimed that plenty of changes are afoot at This Morning, and it’s ‘highly unlikely’ that Phillip will resume his role in September.
A source has claimed that ‘plans are being drawn up for a new look’ at the show, and ‘at the moment, Phil is not featuring in them’.
‘This Morning is preparing for some seismic changes this summer — and Phil is lined up as the first major name for the chop when his contract expires this summer,’ they told The Sun.
They continued: ‘The shake-up is going to be from the top down and no one, no matter their status, is bigger than the show.’
The insider claimed that there is also talk of This Morning boss Martin Frizell facing the axe.
‘There is talk behind the scenes of Martin also being knifed as a bit of a fall guy, too – which might save some of the even more senior executives at the broadcaster if things spiral further,’ they alleged.
‘He has steered the ship for a long time but his handling of “Queuegate” and now Holly and Phil’s row has been viewed by some as calamitous, and many junior members of staff have struggled with his old-school way of working.’
The source stressed that this rumoured ‘rocky patch’ in Phillip and Holly’s relationship is ‘undeniably more serious’ than any that they may have had before.
‘The fact they are not talking when the cameras stop rolling is a sure-fire sign their partnership is over for good,’ they claimed.
‘Seeing the reaction of This Morning viewers has been a wake-up call. While Holly is still incredibly popular, Phil is far less so.’
A source previously claimed that Holly felt she ‘could protect herself better’ by ‘removing herself from the situation’.
‘She feels trapped. She knows she could easily find another job at a different channel, so it’s up to ITV to give her assurances that she’ll be taken care of if she stays put,’ they told The Mirror.
Metro.co.uk has contacted ITV for comment.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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