Ruth Lansgford has been linked to a This Morning comeback (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
The 63-year-old presenter and her husband Eamonn Holmes, 64, hosted the ITV daytime show on Fridays before getting replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary.
Holly decided to leave the programme after 14 years in October following an alleged plot to kidnap and murder her, and since there have been plenty of rumours around her replacement.
The likes of Josie Gibson, Emma Willis, Cat Deeley and even Holly’s own doppelganger have been linked to the role.
Loose Women star Ruth appears to have ruled herself out of a sensational comeback, despite admitting you can ‘never say never’.
‘I think that ship has sailed,’ she told Hello! ‘Listen, never say never. I adore that show and it was a dream to work on it.
Ruth and Eamonn Holmes aren’t in line to replace Phillip Schofield and Holly (Picture: S Meddle/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
‘I worked on it before Eamonn, actually people forget that. I say to him: “I took you to work, don’t forget!” ‘
Back in October, Ruth suggested she remained open to the idea of returning to ‘do a week’ on the sofa.
‘If they asked me, I would certainly consider it. I did a week with Rylan last year and I wasn’t torn because of Eamonn’s situation [turning his back on ITV]. Eamonn has left ITV, it’s done and dusted,’ she told Woman&Home, while making it clear there has been no talks with the broadcaster.
Fans are still waiting to find out who will replace Holly and Phil (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
‘He’s got another job, which he loves. Also, I don’t have to ask Eamonn’s permission to do anything, or for him me, so if ITV said, “Would you come and do a week on This Morning?” and if I was free and it was with the right person, I probably would do it.’
She fronted the show with her husband – who now works for GB News – from 2006 to 2020, and remains part of the ITV family thanks to her role on Loose Women.
She has also landed her dream job after designing her own fashion collection for QVC, while she hosts her own show on the channel called Fashion Edit.
Meanwhile, Holly was not the only departure from the programme last year, as Phillip Schofield, 61, announced his exit after more than 20 years.
He sensationally resigned from ITV as a whole after admitting his ‘unwise but not illegal’ affair with a younger employee on This Morning.
Craig Doyle has been regularly stepping in on the sofa, and he is a favourite to take on the job.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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‘Never say never.’