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ITV lines up three new This Morning presenters as Alison Hammond takes step back

ITV lines up three new This Morning presenters as Alison Hammond takes step back

A trio has been lined up to take over this week

ITV has lined up three new This Morning presenters as Alison Hammond prepares to take a step back from the daytime chat show.

The latest trio of presenters will all be paired up with the likes of Dermot O’Leary this week while Alison is on a temporary break from the programme to appear in a pantomime.

All three of the stars have previously hosted the show before.

We've had a whole string of other presenters who have hosted the show in recent weeks including Emma Willis and Rylan Clark.

Other presenters have included Josie Gibson, Cat Deeley, Craig Doyle and Rochelle Humes.

"There is a wealth of talent available and no shortage of takers, given it is one of the most sought-after spots in television," a source told The Mirror.

However, three new presenters will be gracing the This Morning sofa.

This included the likes of The One Show's Christine Lampard, The Saturdays hit-maker Mollie King and radio presenter Lisa Snowdon.

The One Show's Christine Lampard.
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Christine, 44, will be joining Dermot, 50, today (11 December) while 36-year-old Mollie will be co-hosting This Morning on both Tuesday and Wednesday (12 and 13 December) with Lisa, 51, taking to the sofa on Thursday and Friday (14 and 15 December).

Talking of the decision, a source told the outlet: "It gives us a great opportunity to mix things up and see what lands well and resonates with the viewers."

The decision comes after heaps of speculation over who will end up taking Holly Willoughby's place after revealing that she was set to go on 'indefinite leave' from This Morning following an alleged plot to kidnap her.

The Saturdays' singer Mollie King.
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"I have let ITV know today that after 14 years, I will not be returning to This Morning," she said in a statement.

"To everyone who has ever worked on the show over the years, thank you so so much," she continued.

"This is such a difficult goodbye, you are incredible and I forever will be proud of what we've done together.

"Thank you to everyone at ITV for being supportive. To every guest who has sat on our sofa, thank you.

"Most of all, thank you to the wonderful viewers. You've been so loyal, so supportive and the very best company every day.

"Richard and Judy said 'We only look after this show, it will always belong to the viewers'."

Radio presenter Lisa Snowdon.
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Holly added: "It's been an honour to just be part of its story and I know this story has many chapters left to go. Sadly, however, I now feel I have to make this decision for me and my family.

"I will miss you all so much. Holly."

Tyla has reached out to ITV for comment.

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Topics: ITV, This Morning, Celebrity