Josie Gibson rushed in to replace Holly Willoughby on This Morning


Josie Gibson is rushed in to replace Holly Willoughby on This Morning as the presenter is struck down by stomach bug










Josie Gibson stepped in to replace Holly Willoughby at the last minute on Tuesday’s episode of This Morning, after she was struck down with a stomach bug.

Co-host Phillip Schofield revealed his usual co-presenter Holly would ‘probably be back tomorrow’, as he welcomed Josie- who works as a roving reporter on the brunchtime programme – to the iconic sofa. 

The former Big Brother star, 36, was completely shocked by her sudden promotion, saying: ‘I couldn’t believe it… I thought they had the wrong number, Phil. I said, “You’ve phoned Josie.”‘ 

'This is a bit of a first!': Josie Gibson stepped in to replace Holly Willoughby at the last minute on Tuesday's episode of This Morning, after she was struck down with a stomach bug

‘This is a bit of a first!’: Josie Gibson stepped in to replace Holly Willoughby at the last minute on Tuesday’s episode of This Morning, after she was struck down with a stomach bug

Explaining the sudden host swap, Phil said: ‘This is a bit of a first! About an hour ago you were on your way to do our live competitions in Surrey.

‘Holly is not here today because she’s got a tummy bug. Nothing more than that, she’s probably back tomorrow. But you [Josie] were parachuted in.’

Josie thought the This Morning bosses had phoned the wrong person when they asked if she wanted to step in for Holly at the last minute. 

She gushed: ‘How surreal. I’ve grown up watching the show and now I’m sat alongside you.’ 

Comeback: Co-host Phillip Schofield revealed his usual co-presenter Holly would 'probably be back tomorrow' after she recovered from her illness

Comeback: Co-host Phillip Schofield revealed his usual co-presenter Holly would ‘probably be back tomorrow’ after she recovered from her illness 

Josie continued: ‘I’ve been thrown in the deep end, but I’ve got the best armbands on the planet. That’s what I say.

‘Phil – I just cannot believe I’m sat here, it is so surreal. I’ve grown up watching you, it’s just crazy. What an honour.’

And Phil admitted something ‘really weird’ happened on Monday night, in which a widow in her 80s, Margaret prophesied Josie would host the show. 

Margaret previously appeared on the programme when Josie went on a walk with her, because she was feeling lonely. 

'I couldn't believe it': Josie thought the This Morning bosses had phoned the wrong person when they asked if she wanted to step in for Holly at the last minute

‘I couldn’t believe it’: Josie thought the This Morning bosses had phoned the wrong person when they asked if she wanted to step in for Holly at the last minute

The widow had told Josie she would receive a phone call this morning asking her if she wanted to co-host the show.

Josie revealed: ‘I always check in on her. Margaret is such a character. I gave her a call last night and she said, “Josie, you know I’m quite spiritual. You’re going to get a call and you’re going to be presenting This Morning.” 

‘I laughed like a drain. That was last night, and this morning I had the phone call.

‘She said, “I’m a little bit witchy, I’ve just got this sixth sense that you’re going to get a phone call to tell you you’re going to present ‘This Morning”‘ 

‘I laughed like a barrel…Weird,’ she added of the eerie coincidence. 

Loving it: Josie looked happier than ever as she spun the wheel for the show's prize win segment Spin To Win

Loving it: Josie looked happier than ever as she spun the wheel for the show’s prize win segment Spin To Win 

Eerie: A widow called Margaret who had previously been on the show told Jodie on the phone that she would host This Morning on Tuesday

Eerie: A widow called Margaret who had previously been on the show told Jodie on the phone that she would host This Morning on Tuesday 

Josie looked stunning on the show as she sat on the iconic sofa in a black blouse with pink lips patterned across it. 

She wore her blonde tresses in a chic sideswept style and accentuated her natural beauty with minimal makeup. 

The former Big Brother star looked happier than ever as she spun the wheel for the show’s prize win segment Spin To Win. 

She joked around with Phil as the pair enjoyed each other’s company for the unplanned collaboration.  

Stand in: She wheeled the Spin To Win balls onto the set, which is usually Holly's job on the morning programme

Stand in: She wheeled the Spin To Win balls onto the set, which is usually Holly’s job on the morning programme 

Gorgeous: Josie looked stunning on the show as she sat on the iconic sofa in a black blouse with pink lips patterned across it

Gorgeous: Josie looked stunning on the show as she sat on the iconic sofa in a black blouse with pink lips patterned across it

Grin: She joked around with Phil as the pair enjoyed each other's company for the unplanned collaboration

Grin: She joked around with Phil as the pair enjoyed each other’s company for the unplanned collaboration



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