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Piers Morgan hints at ITV comeback as he breaks silence on replacing Phillip Schofield on This Morning

Piers Morgan has addressed rumours he could be the next This Morning host replacing Phillip Schofield after his inevitable exit from the ITV show. However, the 58-year-old has admitted there is one problem holding him back reports the Mirror.

The former GMB star has previously spoken of his friendship with Holly Willoughby, defending her- and Phil- during Queuegate, so fans have speculated his long-awaited ITV comeback. Piers was famously pushed out of ITV in 2021, after he made a series of controversial comments about Meghan Markle.

Taking to Twitter today, Piers shared a photo of himself and Holly and tweeted: "Thanks to everyone suggesting I might replace Philip Schofield at This Morning in a Lazarus-like comeback to ITV. Unfortunately, there’s just one problem: I still don’t believe a single word Meghan Markle says!"

It comes as Phil dramatically quit the ITV daytime show on Saturday afternoon. The 61-year-old's friendship with former best mate, Holly, is believed to be in "tatters" after telling pals behind the scenes that he has been left "hung out to dry" with his This Morning axe.

It came after weeks of intense scrutiny since a bitter rift with co-host Holly Willoughby was made public. In an announcement to his fans on Instagram, Phil said that he was stepping down in a bid to “protect the show that I love” - but failed to mention his former best pal Holly.

And behind the scenes, Phil moaned to sympathisers he had “been hung out to dry” by Holly and TV chiefs. Phil’s contract was up in September. His place will be filled by other ITV hosts, with Alison Hammond as main back-up to Holly.

A source said: “Phil’s fate was decided on Friday. It was a unanimous decision that he had to go. He was upset, but firm that if he was going to walk away he wanted to keep his roles on The Cube, the British Soap Awards, and Dancing on Ice – crucially, with or without Holly.

“And they agreed to the terms he laid out. As far as he was concerned, if he was going to take one for the team, they would owe him.

“And his friendship with Holly is now in tatters. It is hard to see how it could recover. The fact he chose to pointedly thank people who supported him – and the viewers – without mentioning her says it all.”

Phil has since moved to Cornwall to be with his mum Pat, 85.

He made the 300-mile trip to the seaside to spend Friday chatting to his beloved mum on a coastal path walk, appearing to pour his heart out to her as she ambled alongside him with her walking frame.

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