Who presents 'This Morning'? All the regular and guest hosts of the ITV daytime show

·TV Reporter, Yahoo Entertainment UK
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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield host 'This Morning' - but who has gone before them? (ITV)
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield host 'This Morning' - but who has gone before them? (ITV)

It's the jewel in ITV's daytime programming crown and has been hooking viewers since 1988 - but who has presented This Morning?

The show has seen some of TV's best partnerships take the reigns and has not been short on controversy over the years, either.

Read more: Eamonn Holmes says he was given no reason why This Morning dropped him

Here's who has held the regular and guest presenting roles from its early days through to its current success.

Regular Presenters

Richard and Judy (1988 - 2001)

Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley, married presenters of British daytime television show This Morning in 1990. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)
Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley launched the show. (Tim Roney/Getty Images)

Veterans of daytime TV Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan were the faces of This Morning for its first 13 years on air.

The husband and wife team are still forever associated with the show to a certain generation of viewers and won four National Television Awards for most popular daytime show.

This Morning's early years were spent at Albert Dock in Liverpool before moving to its London home in 1996 and expert guests included Dr Chris Steele who still contributes to the show now, the late agony aunt Denise Robertson, and the now-disgraced weatherman Fred Talbot.

It was a hugely emotional day for Madeley and Finnigan when they presented their last show in 2001, although they continued to host together on various other shows and Madeley now has a regular role at Good Morning Britain.

Fern Britton and Phillip Schofield (2002 - 2009)

Fern Britton's agents admit not giving her 'This Morning' BAFTA invite after Schofield spat
Things ended awkwardly between Fern Britton and Phillip Schofield. (ITV)

Madeley and Finnigan's departure saw a less-than-smooth handover to the new presenters - they were originally replaced by Coleen Nolan and Twiggy, but poor ratings led to Twiggy being swiftly axed and Nolan staying on until the end of 2001 with Friday presenter John Leslie, before being replaced by Leslie's Friday co-host Fern Britton.

However, in 2002 Leslie was dropped when he was alleged to have raped Ulrika Jonsson when she was a teenager, and was replaced by Phillip Schofield.

For a good few years, things settled in nicely for the This Morning hosts who became known for their good friendship and shared sense of humour.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Phillip Schofield attends ITV Palooza! at The Royal Festival Hall on November 23, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Phillip Schofield has spent many years at 'This Morning'. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)

But a storm was brewing again by 2009, when Britton left under a cloud of rumours about ITV paying her significantly less than her co-star, and an apparent row with Schofield over him meddling in the editorial content.

They had an awkward reunion in 2018 when Britton appeared on the show via video link to congratulate Schofield and her successor Holly Willoughby on a Bafta recognising the show's 30 years on air.

Britton said: "Congratulations on Bafta. That was absolutely wonderful and brilliant, and I would have loved to have been there, but I didn’t get an invitation..."

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The row also spilled over onto Twitter afterwards as Schofield tried to insist she had been invited, although Britton was adamant she hadn't been.

Her husband Phil Vickery stayed on as one of the regular celebrity chefs at This Morning, but they split after 20 years of marriage in 2020.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield (2009 - present)

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield welcomed Gino D'Acampo back to the 'This Morning' studio after 277 days away. (ITV)
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield are the current stars of the show. (ITV)

Schofield has now been at This Morning for even longer than Madeley and Finnigan, co-hosting with Britton's replacement Holly Willoughby.

The pair's friendship is a hit with viewers, who have loved seeing them giggle their way through many an episode and even present in awards show outfits from the night before after one of their annual successes as best daytime TV show at the National Television Awards.

Willoughby and Schofield host Dancing On Ice together too and have even been known to holiday with each other's families.

In February 2020, Willoughby was by her friend Schofield's side as he came out live on air, announcing that his wife and daughters had been helping him accept that he was gay.

Friday Presenters

Fern Britton and John Leslie (2001 - 2002)

Fern Britton reveals she was sexually assaulted by a man she had just interviewed
Fern Britton landed her main hosting role after being the Friday presenter. (Getty Images)

Friday guest presenters have been a tradition since Madeley and Finnigan's day as they always presented Monday to Thursday.

The first regular Friday hosts for one season only were Ross Kelly and the late Caron Keating, who were replaced by Fern Britton and John Leslie.

Read more: Ruth Langsford confirms she will return to This Morning without Eamonn Holmes

Thanks to a change at the top after Madeley and Finnigan's exit, both quickly moved to the main presenter roles - but Leslie's success was shortlived as he was axed following the Jonsson allegations where Matthew Wright named him as the "acquaintance" that she said had assaulted her.

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford (2006 - 2020)

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford were a hit with viewers for years. (ITV)
Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford were a hit with viewers for years. (ITV)

Taking on the role of Friday hosts for a staggering 14 years were husband and wife team Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.

A hit with viewers despite Holmes' straight-talking style with many of the show's guests, it was a controversial move in 2020 to reduce their duties to school holiday presenters.

The pair graciously encouraged viewers to be welcoming to their replacements Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary, but Holmes has since quit as holiday host after being offered a new job at GB News.

Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary (2021 - present)

Dermot O'Leary said he'd pass the kind words on to Phillip Schofield. (ITV screengrab)
Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond have found their groove together. (ITV screengrab)

Alison Hammond had been a part of the This Morning family for many years when she was announced as the new Friday host, and Dermot O'Leary was a popular ITV presenter.

However, the shake-up raised eyebrows as it meant ousting long-standing favourites Holmes and Langsford.

The newest presenting duo have been honest that they didn't see eye to eye to begin with, as Hammond revealed to Lorraine: "We knew each other but we didn't hang out with each other. We still don't hang out with each other.

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"We were thrown together on a Friday a bit like an arranged marriage and it took about two months before we became comfortable."

Both admitted there were things they didn't like about each other to begin with, although they seem to be getting on fine now.

Guest Presenters

Josie Gibson recently joined Phillip Schofield. (ITV)
Josie Gibson recently joined Phillip Schofield. (ITV)

The show has welcomed a huge list of guest presenters over the years to fill in for illnesses and absences, with some like Ruth Langsford and Alison Hammond going on to land more regular work.

Reality TV stars are always a popular addition to the cast - Rylan Clark, Georgia "Toff" Toffolo, Kem Cetinay and Josie Gibson have all gone down well with viewers and Gibson recently secured a bigger role after filling in for Willoughby while she was off with a stomach bug.

Not every guest appearance has gone smoothly - Amanda Holden had filled in for Willoughby before but has had a very public spat with Schofield in recent years after she felt she was snubbed by not being brought in to cover while Willoughby did I'm A Celebrity in 2018.

Rochelle and Marvin Humes are the latest husband and wife team to have hosted the show and Rochelle has been kept on as a regular cover presenter since filling in for Willoughby during her I'm A Celebrity stint.

Watch: Phil and Holly crack up after Miriam Margolyes breaks wind