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Siobhan Macdonald

BBC Strictly bosses 'keen' to sign up Phillip Schofield after This Morning exit

Phillip Schofield is being eyed up by Strictly Come Dancing bosses following his exit from This Morning.

The ITV star announced at the weekend he would be leaving This Morning following weeks of speculation around the state of his friendship with co-host Holly Willoughby. Phillip, 61, presented his last episode of the flagship ITV show last Thursday and tributes have been made for the presenter since.

Phillip is currently lying low after his axe from This Morning, as Holly, 42, went on her half-term break early to avoid being in the spotlight during the drama. While Holly will continue her role on the ITV chat show, Phil is moving onto other projects as BBC bosses are eyeing him up for Strictly, reportedly.

A source told The Sun: "Phil is in the sights of Strictly. They would love to have him on board because of the publicity it would generate for the show. Phil has been asked before but this time the offer was more aggressive.

"Since he was axed from This Morning, people have been discussing what they could do with him. Phil has had approaches from broadcasters like Channel 5 who are keen to discuss possible projects."

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The insider added: "Given he’s currently lying low and trying to work out his next move, it’s unlikely he will put on his dancing shoes but stranger things have happened.

"No one thought he’d ever leave This Morning and look how that ended up."

This comes after ITV released a statement on Phil's exit after he announced he would be 'stepping back' with 'immediate effect'. Fans were speculating whether or not Holly was involved in the decision to axe after reports emerged the pair were 'barely speaking' off camera.

Following the rumours over Holly's involvement in Phillip's exit, and how his exit came to play, an ITV spokesperson told the Mirror in a new statement: "Phillip Schofield’s decision to step down from This Morning was (as his statement made clear) a decision agreed between Phillip and ITV."

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