Phillip Schofield rules out Holly Willoughby’s return to host I’m A Celebrity

She has swapped the comfort of the This Morning sofa for a prime-time hosting role in the Australian outback with Declan Donnelly. 

But Phillip Schofield warned fans not to get ‘too attached’ to his ‘telly wife’ Holly Willoughby‘s stint on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! as he ruled out her return to the show next year.

The TV presenter, 56, also called a Holly – who stepped in for Ant McPartlin following his year out from showbiz – a ‘triumph in the jungle’. 

'It's very much a caretaker role': Phillip Schofield warned fans not to get 'too attached' to his 'telly wife' Holly Willoughby's stint on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! as he ruled out her return to the show next year

'It's very much a caretaker role': Phillip Schofield warned fans not to get 'too attached' to his 'telly wife' Holly Willoughby's stint on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! as he ruled out her return to the show next year

‘It’s very much a caretaker role’: Phillip Schofield warned fans not to get ‘too attached’ to his ‘telly wife’ Holly Willoughby’s stint on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! as he ruled out her return to the show next year

He told the Daily Star: ‘I am so pleased it’s worked out so well for Dec in what was a tricky situation. 

‘It was always going to be a difficult series for Dec so I was happy Holly was able to step in but I can assure you it’s very much a caretaker role,’ before quipping: ‘Don’t get too attached.’ 

Phil also revealed that Rochelle Humes was his ‘first choice’ to stand-in for Holly during her absence – but that doesn’t mean he isn’t missing his long-time co-host.  

Hol lot of love: The TV presenter, 56, also called a Holly - who stepped in for Ant McPartlin following his year out from showbiz - a 'triumph in the jungle'

Hol lot of love: The TV presenter, 56, also called a Holly - who stepped in for Ant McPartlin following his year out from showbiz - a 'triumph in the jungle'

Hol lot of love: The TV presenter, 56, also called a Holly – who stepped in for Ant McPartlin following his year out from showbiz – a ‘triumph in the jungle’

New face: Holly was confirmed as Declan Donnelly's new I'm a Celebrity co-host in August after much speculation

New face: Holly was confirmed as Declan Donnelly's new I'm a Celebrity co-host in August after much speculation

New face: Holly was confirmed as Declan Donnelly’s new I’m a Celebrity co-host in August after much speculation

He added: ‘ Dec got very lucky – he’s looking after my telly wife. When Holly gets back we will go out for a drink and a catch-up about it all.’      

Ant revealed in August that he would be taking a break from presenting duties for the rest of 2018, following his drink-drive arrest in March, his acrimonious divorce from wife Lisa Armstrong and his stint in rehab. 

It was later announced that Holly would be replacing Dec’s long-time co-host who has presented the show for the last 16 years.

Phil also enthused he'd had 'great fun' with Holly's stand-in Rochelle Humes and admitted she was his 'first choice' replacement

Phil also enthused he'd had 'great fun' with Holly's stand-in Rochelle Humes and admitted she was his 'first choice' replacement

Phil also enthused he’d had ‘great fun’ with Holly’s stand-in Rochelle Humes and admitted she was his ‘first choice’ replacement

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She’s doing a wonderful job covering Holly Willoughby’s job presenting This Morning, and Rochelle Humes is also making quite the style statement!

Styled by Angie Smith (who also styles Holly), Rochelle rocked a mixed print dress from one of her go-to brands, AllSaints. Featuring a vintage floral top half and a leopard print asymmetric skirt, this dress is the one that will take you from desk to dinner effortlessly.

Teamed with Miss Selfridge hiker boots (which you can shop in the edit below), Rochelle nailed the stand out pattern.

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So far the mum-of-three has been received warmly by viewers, with the launch show even drawing in a record-breaking 14 million fans.

While the ITV series has been running for 16 years with Ant and Dec, viewers appeared to have been pulled in by the new format, with the show managing  a 47% share of viewing – the highest consolidated average ever for the series. 

More than 1.8 million extra viewers have tuned in in comparison to last year’s series, whilst factoring online catch up brings the series average to 13.1 million viewers.

 Legendary: Before Ant McPartlin's hiatus, the TV presenter had hosted the primetime favourite with Dec for 16 years

 Legendary: Before Ant McPartlin's hiatus, the TV presenter had hosted the primetime favourite with Dec for 16 years

 Legendary: Before Ant McPartlin’s hiatus, the TV presenter had hosted the primetime favourite with Dec for 16 years

 

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