For 34 years, This Morning has been a staple of British daytime viewing.
From hard hitting topical discussions through to culinary mishaps, it’s been a familiar friend for many viewers as they tune in every weekday to discover the latest talking points and celebrity gossip.
Originally fronted by husband and wife duo Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, the show has gone on to introduce the world to several much loved presenters, including those currently at the helm, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby – and more recently, Alison Hammond and Dermot O ‘Leary, who present the program every Friday.
The winner of both National Television Awards and TV Choice Awards, the show has been delighting audiences since October 1988, making it one of the longest running daytime programs on British TV.
But where are the ITV daytime show’s popular presenters now?
Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan (1988 – 2001)
The duo who started it all, husband and wife team Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan were the hosts of the show when the first program debuted back in October, 1988.
The couple quickly became the national’s sweethearts, with their laid back presenting style drawing widespread praise from many viewers. As a result of their popularity, the pair were even invited to front a number of other shows, including a special live episode at Disneyland California, in which they interviewed Disney legends Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
The iconic duo eventually left This Morning in 2001 to front their own talk show on Channel 4. The Richard and Judy Show was launched in 2008, before continuing on digital channel Watch until 2009, but it was officially canceled shortly after.
Since then, the couple have continued to recommend books as part of their now iconic book club, while Richard has most recently returned to our TV screens as a co-presenter for Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain.
Meanwhile, Judy has vowed not to return to TV as Richard and Judy’s daughter Chloe Madeley recently told OK!: “My mum is done with TV, she’s been done with TV for a really long time. They retired from television over a decade ago… it’s been a while.
“She’s had one moment where she was like ‘oh I quite miss it’, and that was when they did the 25th anniversary show in Liverpool and I was there with them.”
Caron Keating ( 1998 – 1999)
Best known for presenting Blue Peter, Caron Keating joined the team in 1998 to present the show on Fridays when Richard and Judy were off.
Sadly, she was only on the show for one year before ill health forced her to step down.
She tragically died at the age of 41 in 2004 after a brave battle with breast cancer.
Ross Kelly (1990 – 2000)
Ross Kelly first joined the team in 1990 as a relief presenter, before the show in 1993 to serve as leaving a producer and relief presenter on the morning breakfast show GMTV.
He did eventually return to This Morning in 2000, once again acting as a relief presenter.
Alongside his work on GMTV and This Morning, Ross also appeared on Blankety Blank and The Heaven and Earth Show, however since 2001 he has been absent from our screens and prefers to keep his life private.
John Leslie (1999 – 2002)
Joining the show alongside Fern Britton in 1999, John Leslie worked with his co-star as the show’s Friday presenter. Prior to fronting This Morning, he had been a popular face on Blue Peter and even presented wheel of Fortune.
Following the departure of Richard and Judy, John took up the presenting role full time with Fern, and despite an initial drop in ratings managed to prop the figures up to around one million a day.
He was ultimately replaced by Phillip Schofield in 2002, but co-star Fern was kept on.
Since leaving the show he has appeared in a music video for the Christmas single Proper Crimbo by Bo Selecta!, and also presented his own radio show in Scotland between 2013 and 2014.
He was accused of sexual assault in 2018, after a woman claimed he had placed his hand down her trousers in a nightclub. However, after a thorough investigation, he was cleared of all charges.
John returned to This Morning to discuss the impact of the claims and how he was trying to put his life together after the claims.
Further allegations were also made against him in 2019, but once again, he was cleared of all charges by a Jury in October 2020.
Fern Britton (1999 – 2009)
Fern joined the team at the same time as John Leslie in 1999 and fast became a firm favorite with fans who loved her personality. So popular was the presenter in fact, that even when her co-star John was sacked, she was allowed to continue hosting alongside TV veteran Phillip Schofield.
The pair were hugely popular, with their banter and on-screen chemistry helping to boost the show’s ratings. However, things took a turn after Fern discovered that Phillip was being paid more than her – a subject that was so raw for the presenter, that she was even willing to quit over it, after 10 years at the helm.
Since leaving, she also went on to lose five stone and controversially claimed to have done so naturally, however it was later revealed that she had undergone a gastric bypass procedure, resulting in a widespread public backlash.
Aside from the controversy, Fern also went on to appear on Strictly Come Dancing in 2012, where she was partnered with Artem Chigvintsev.
She has also written a series of highly successful novels in recent years.
Lorraine Kelly (2004 – 2006)
From around 2004 onwards Lorraine co-presented the show with Phil on Mondays and Fridays, so that Fern could spend more time at home with her family.
Much like her co-star, she was a firm fan favorite thanks to her warm personality and sense of humour, however she struggled to split her time between This Morning and her role as a presenter on GMTV.
Since leaving, Lorraine has become a household name in her own right, even going so far as to front her own talk show that shares her name. Most recently, she was the subject of a brief joke on Good Morning Britain, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson appeared not to know who the presenter was during an interview with Susanna Reid.
Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes (2006 – 2020)
Another husband and wife duo, Ruth and Eamonn took to our screens in 2006 as relief presenters on Fridays and immediately were a hit with viewers at home.
Alongside her This Morning duties, Ruth also regularly appears on Loose Women, often chairing the hot topic debates for which the show was well known.
Ruth also went on to appear on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, partnered with Anton Du Beke, but sadly became the seventh celebrity to leave the competition.
Eamonn, on the other hand, has been involved in several other programs besides This Morning, including presenting episodes of Good Morning Britain since April 2017.
The duo were sadly replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary, but will still return to our screens in the summer, when Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby take their annual breaks.
Ruth continues to regularly appear on panel show Loose Women while Eamonn began a new hosting role at GB News earlier this year.
Phillip Schofield (2002 – present)
Easily one of the more recognisable faces to present the show, Phillip Schofield started his TV career on CBBC back in 1985, where he was most often spotted in The Broom cupboard.
He also took on a number of other presenting roles both before and in addition to his time on This Morning, including the National Lottery and quiz show Test the Nation alongside Anne Robinson.
Most recently, he has been on our screens as the presenter for Dancing on Ice, The Cube and Five Gold Rings as well as continuing to host the ITV daytime show alongside Holly Willoughby.
Phillip also made the headlines in 2020 when he publicly came out as gay on This Morning, with his co-presenter Holly by his side for moral support.
Holly Willoughby (2009 – present)
Another presenter that started life on kids’ TV, Holly Willoughby was a popular addition to the presenting team when she stepped in to fill Fern Britton’s shoes following her departure in 2009.
Well known for her bubbly personality and trademark style, Holly has often been lauded as both a style icon and household name, even serving as a brand ambassador for Marks and Spencer and beauty brand Garnier.
Outside of her presenting duties on This Morning, Holly has also fronted shows such as Celebrity Juice and Dancing on Ice.
She currently lives with her husband Daniel Baldwin, and their three children.
Holly also recently launched her own lifestyle brand Wylde Moon.
Alison Hammond ( 2020 – present)
Much like those that came before her, Alison fast became a fan favorite when she joined the presenting team after serving as a showbiz correspondent for several years.
Prior to her presenting role, Alison had also appeared on Big Brother, and numerous other shows, including a stunning performance as Nina Simone on Stars in their Eyes.
Well known for her chatty and charming personality, Alison can often be seen smiling and has a reputation for getting even the most difficult of celebrities to open up and enjoy themselves during her interviews.
Outside of her This Morning role, Alison has also turned her hand to writing books, with her most recent children’s book Black in Time, highlighting a stunning selection of iconic black individuals from sportspeople to scientists, politicians to musicians – who have all helped to shape the world we live in.
The book is due to go on sale next month on 9 June.
Dermot O’Leary (2020 – present)
Joining Alison in a regular presenting role is Dermot O’Leary, another presenting veteran that first cut his teeth on BBC Essex radio before becoming a runner on Light Lunch, with Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.
He then went on to join Channel 4’s T4 team, before moving on to present Big Brother’s Little Brother, the companion show to Big Brother from 2001 onwards.
Dermot is best known, however, for hosting The X Factor, which he fronted from 2007 to 2015, before quitting to focus on other projects. But, the charismatic host was brought back for the 2016 series and continued to front the show until it was canceled last year.
Numerous other presenting gigs have happened in between, but it’s his on screen chemistry with co-host Alison that has cemented his role as a much loved addition to the This Morning presenting team.
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