CELEB Chris­tine in line for ITV sofa

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IT has been known for weeks that Holly Wil­lougby will be leav­ing the This Morn­ing sofa for the Aus­tralian jun­gle while she co-hosts I’m A Celebrity, but now it seems her re­place­ment is be­ing lined up.

Chris­tine Lam­pard, who is due to give birth to her first child with hus­band Frank any day now, is emerg­ing as the fron­trun­ner to keep Phillip Schofield com­pany for six weeks.

It is be­ing re­ported that ITV bosses are hop­ing the 39-yearold will cut short ma­ter­nity leave to join the show.

It is ex­pected that, if she agrees, Chris­tine will share the role with an­other pre­sen­ter to part­ner Phil.

One in­sider told the Mir­ror: “Chris­tine is the nat­u­ral first choice be­cause she and Phil work so well to­gether both on and off screen.”

Holly is tak­ing a break from the ITV day­time show to stand in for Ant McPartlin, who has taken a year off work to deal with his ad­dic­tion is­sues.

She will co-present from the jun­gle along­side new dad De­clan Don­nelly, whose daugh­ter Isla ar­rived this month.

Schofield, 56, told last year how he and wife Steph, Holly and hus­band Dan Bald­win and Chris­tine and foot­ball star Frank of­ten so­cialise.

“What I want ev­ery­one to re­alise is, not only is she an in­cred­i­bly ac­com­plished broad­caster, but one of the nicest peo­ple I have ever met in my life,” he said of Chris­tine.

In re­cent years she has been a reg­u­lar pan­el­list on ITV’s Loose Women and guest pre­sen­ter of morn­ing show Lor­raine. Holly Wil­loughby will host I’m A Celebrity with De­clan Don­nelly

Chris­tine Lam­pard at the Na­tional Tele­vi­sion Awards in Jan­uary

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