This Morning stars Holly and Phillip's Christmas replacements revealed as show tries brand new pairings

THIS Morning is testing out a string of new presenting line-ups this week after Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby went on their Christmas break.

Today we saw Vernon Kay, 47, hosting alongside Josie Gibson, 36, for the first time in place of the long-standing pair.

Tomorrow, Vernon will return but Josie won't – with the former Family Fortunes presenter alongside Rochelle Humes.

He has been a long-time target of the show and was due to host a show back in August but had to pull out after catching Covid.

Vernon was due to team up with Rochelle then but was forced to cancel saying: "I’m absolutely gutted."

The departure of Eamonn Holmes from This Morning for GB News means ITV can no longer rely on him hosting with wife Ruth Langsford to fill the gaps.

They were the regular Friday hosts and often filled in during holidays when Phillip and Holly tend to take long breaks.

They were replaced at the start of the year by popular double-act Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary.

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However, the channel has insisted Ruth will still be part of the line-up even without Eamonn.

A spokeswoman for ITV said of Ruth, who also hosts Loose Women: "We would like to wish Eamonn all of the very best in his new role.

"As a duo, Eamonn and Ruth have been part of the This Morning presenting team for the last 15 years and we thank Eamonn for all of his hard work and contribution to the show.

"Ruth remains an important part of ITV Daytime both as a continuing member of the This Morning family and as an anchor presenter on Loose Women."

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