Willoughby recently announced she was leaving This Morning after 14 years on the show.
In a statement posted on Instagram, she said: “I let ITV know today that I will not be returning to This Morning after 14 years.”
“Thank you to everyone who has worked on the show over the years.
“This is such a hard goodbye, you are incredible and I will forever be proud of what we have accomplished together.
“Thank you to everyone at ITV for your support. Thank you to every guest who sat on our sofa.
“Above all, many thanks to the wonderful spectators. They were so loyal every day, so supportive and the very best company.
She added, “It was an honor to be a part of this story and I know this story has many more chapters to go.”
“Unfortunately, I now feel that I have to make this decision for myself and my family.
“I will miss you all so much. Holly.”
Willoughby’s announcement came just months after former co-host Phillip Schofield announced his resignation from This Morning and ITV after it was revealed he had an affair with a younger male colleague on the show.
New frontrunner to replace Holly Willoughby on This Morning
On Monday (October 16), it was said that Good Morning Britain’s Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway were at the helm and would take over full-time presenting duties on ITV’s This Morning.
While current hosts Alison Hammond and Josie Gibson are two others believed to be in the box seat to replace Willoughby.
But now experts believe Channel 5’s Jeremy Vine Show presenter Storm Huntley is now one of the leading candidates for the vacant role on This Morning.
PR expert Andy Barr in conversation with The sunsaid: “Storm Huntley is quickly increasing bookmakers’ odds to make the jump to ITV’s This Morning.”
“While all previous speculation has turned the job competition between her and the ever-charismatic Alison Hammond on its head, I wonder whether ITV will take the opportunity to completely revamp the format and run the show with two female presenters.” And why not ?”
The expert added: “Have the odd male guest presenter come in and out, as is the case now, or even make it more of a panel format with a few different presenters coming in and out, but Storm and Alison are the trailblazers.”
“The powerhouse duo with their strong brand image and large fan base would see the big-spending advertisers potentially lining up to return to the program.”
However, according to The Sun, Huntley appears to have put an end to rumors about her taking over as co-host of This Morning.
She recently said on her Instagram story: “Well it was definitely a great day. First I get sent this… (story about her becoming the new presenter on The Sun’s This Morning).”
“Very flattering, but I think there might be a scheduling issue.”