This Morning left scrambling for guest after Theresa May pulls out last minute

This Morning was left scrambling for another guest to replace Theresa May after the prime minister pulled out last minute.

Host Phillip Schofield said that he was "sorry to disappoint viewers" but said that they had been told "all would become clear but it hasn’t yet".

He said: "We’ve been telling you to expect the prime minister on our sofa and we’re going to have to disappoint you.

"We were told this morning that all would become clear, it hasn’t yet. But obviously the reason she isn’t here today is to do with Brexit."

However Phil said that she had sent her apologies and had promised to do her first sit down interview on the show.

This Morning left scrambling for guest after Theresa May pulls out last minute

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This Morning left scrambling for guest after Theresa May pulls out last minute

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"So she’s not able to be here but she has promised that the first sit down interview she’s going to do," Phil said. "She’s sent her apologies but she’s said hopefully next week she’ll be able to do the chat.

"So I assume during the course of today it will unfold as to why she’s not here."

Adverts promoting the interview aired during Good Morning Britain this morning. But just half an hour before the daytime show was set to air Rochelle and Phil did not address the interview in what was coming up on the show.

This Morning left scrambling for guest after Theresa May pulls out last minute

Phil said that Theresa May had sent her apologies
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This isn’t Ms May’s first awkward appearance (or non-appearance) on the show.

Viewers were left cringing last month when Ms May appeared in a cameo as the ITV daytime show marked its 30th anniversary.

Last night, Ms May flew to Brussels to hammer out the final details with Jean-Claude Juncker – but there was no final deal agreed at the ‘afternoon tea’ meeting.

This Morning left scrambling for guest after Theresa May pulls out last minute

Theresa May on the show in February
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This Morning left scrambling for guest after Theresa May pulls out last minute

Holly and Phil have previously interviewed Theresa
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Mrs May flew to Brussels with fresh demands from her own MPs to rewrite the deal still ringing in her ears.

Tory backbenchers lined up to demand changes, with Jeremy Corbyn warning her the draft withdrawal agreement was “dead.”

And the DUP accused Mrs May of ‘deleting’ protections for Northern Ireland from the deal.

Germany’s ambassador warned Chancellor Angela Merkel could pull out of Sunday’s summit of EU leaders if the final document were not published by tomorrow morning.

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