HOLLY Willoughby and Phillip Schofield are taking a break from This Morning for the summer from Friday.
The daytime TV duo confirmed their summer holiday today during a game of Spin To Win.
Phil generously intervened to up caller Mary’s prize – and cheekily joked: “We’re off for the summer on Friday so they can’t sack me.”
The programme favourites will return in early September.
A spokesman for the show confirmed Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford will fill in for the pair, with special guests on Friday shows to be announced in due course.
It comes a day after Phillip denied he’s leaving the show following reports ITV’s biggest rival is trying to poach him.
It’s thought BBC chiefs were lining up a multi-million pound offer to tease the 58-year-old away when his contract ends in 2021.
But as The Sun revealed, ITV are likely to put up a fight to keep their star – thought to earn around £1million a year – to keep his long-standing This Morning partnership with co-host Holly Willoughby, 39.
After reports of the BBC’s offer, Phillip replied to This Morning viewers on Twitter about his future on the ITV show.
A concerned fan asked the presenter on Twitter whether the rumours were true, adding: “This would surely be the WORST decision ever to make.”
Another begged: “@Schofe please please don’t say that you and Holly are leaving this morning?”
In response, Phillip said: “Course not” alongside crying with laugher emojis.
If he agrees it would bring an end to his long-standing This Morning partnership with co-host Holly.
ITV are likely to put up a fight to keep their star.
A move back to the Beeb would have seen Schofield’s career come full circle.
At 17 he became a tea boy at Broadcasting House in London after writing in begging for a job.
After moving across to ITV, Phil took over as This Morning co-host in 2002, first alongside Fern Britton then, from 2009, with Holly with whom he had formed a winning duo hosting Dancing on Ice from 2006.