Phillip Schofield broke This Morning viewers’ hearts this week by confessing he won’t be back on screen with Holly Willoughby until 2019.
The This Morning presenter revealed that Co-host Holly wouldn’t be able to get back to the show before Christmas after her stint on I’m A Celebrity.
Holly, who replaced Ant McPartlin this year, was a massive hit in the jungle alongside Dec Donnelly and is getting a well earned rest before gracing our screens again.
Phillip explained that the first time they will be back together will be on next year’s opening episode of Dancing On Ice.
However, speaking to Mirror Online, Phillip revealed that he WILL reunite with Holly before Christmas – but not as you may expect.
Phillip will be back with Holly on screen in 2019
Holly and Dec were a hit in the jungle
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He told us: "We are planning on going out for a drink when she gets back and has got over her jet lag. The plan is before Christmas when she comes back we go out for a drink.
"The first time we present together will actually be on Dancing On Ice.
Phillip, who was speaking at the launch event for Huawei StorySign – a new App created to help change & enhance the lives of deaf children all around the world, also revealed what Holly will be up to on her break.
The presenter said: "By the time she comes back we’re almost into Christmas.
"And I think because she’s been away for such a long time and she’s a mum she’s got her Christmas to organise as well."
Holly will return to This Morning after Christmas
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Rochelle has been presenting with Phillip
Fans have been desperate to see Holly back on the ITV daytime show, but sadly she may not be returning as early as people would be wishing.
A fan tweeted the presenter to ask: "@Schofe is holly back with you on this morning this year ?? #ImACeleb #ThisMorning"
Breaking the gutting news, Phil replied: "Nope, she can’t get back in time, the first time we’re on telly together is @dancingonice in the new year"
Holly has been presenting in the jungle
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His response got a lot of action on social media, with fans left gutted that the pair won’t join back together before Christmas.
One said: "Surely she can do the last show Holly loves Christmas and love seeing you both getting merry and spreading Christmas cheer"
Another replied: "Loved @ hollywills on @ imacelebrity, she was fab, but also really missed her on @ thismorning. Shame we wont see you on the sofa together till 2019 now."
A third added: "Was hoping @ hollywills would b back sooner than that. Missed you 2 together on @ thismorning, but she has been wonderful in the jungle & the perfect person to be with Dec @ antanddec"
Another said: "You are joking. I was so looking forward to seeing her for the last couple of days before Xmas.
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