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This Morning announces Phillip Schofield replacement in show first

ITV This Morning bosses have shared who will replace Phillip Schofield as the presenter currently takes some "pre-planned leave".

The regular presenter has been absent from his role alongside Holly Willoughby on the daytime programme this week. On Monday and Tuesday, Holly was joined by Alison Hammond.

During Tuesday's instalment of the programme, Holly said Phillip would be missing for the entire week. Welcoming viewers to the show, she said: "Phillip is having the week off so all the adults have left the building and Alison has come!"

READ MORE: Phillip Schofield won't return to ITV This Morning this week

And this evening (Tuesday), This Morning bosses have shared who will fill in for him on Wednesday and Thursday. In a first for the show, TV presenter Joel Dommett will join Holly.

While Joel has previously appeared as a guest on the programme, this will be his first time fronting This Morning. A tweet from the show's official account said: "Join @hollywills and guest presenter @joeldommett this Wednesday and Thursday on #ThisMorning!

"See you at 10am on ITV1, STV and @ITVX!"

Timothy Schofield, Phillip's brother, appeared in Exeter Crown Court yesterday accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy. The 54-year-old denies 11 charges of interfering with a child.

Jurors at Exeter Crown Court have heard how how "shocked" Phillip was when he allegedly confessed to a sex act on a teenager. The court heard how Timothy Schofield went to his famous sibling's house in September 2021 and said he had "time" with the teenager, during which they watched porn and performed sex acts together.

The court heard Phillip Schofield replied: "What the hell is time? That should never happen again." Prosecutor Mr Robin Shellard said as he opened the case: "The defendant is seven years younger than Phillip and they had not been particularly close growing up, however in December 2019 the defendant told his brother he was gay.

According to Phillip the defendant travelled up that day [September 2021] and he was extremely agitated. His brother described him as very angry and distressed.

Timothy Schofield was arrested on December 3, 2021.

Mrs Justice Johanna Cutts is presiding over the trial. She told the jury on the first day of the trial to ignore the fact that the defendant's brother is a famous TV personality.

The trial continues.

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