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Holden to present This Morning in Willoughby's absence

Amanda Holden will take Holly Willoughby's place on the This Morning sofa while she goes on maternity leave.

The Britain's Got Talent judge will join co-host Phillip Schofield on the show for four days a week from September, with Willoughby's third child due in October.

Amanda Holden says she is 'over the moon' at the opportunity. Credit: PA Wire

"I'm over the moon to get the chance to present one of my favourite shows on TV and I'm thrilled to be keeping Holly's seat on the sofa warm when she goes off on maternity leave," Holden said.

"I have always been a huge fan of This Morning and love presenting with Phillip so I really can't wait to get started."

ITV Daytime managing executive producer Emma Gormley said Holden's warmth and charisma would be a hit with viewers.

Willoughby 'to keep working until she goes into labour'

TV star Holly Willoughby says she is determined to keep working until the moment she goes into labour with her third child.

Ms Willoughby, who is best known for co-presenting flagship show This Morning told The Sunday Mirror's Notebook magazine: "It's so hard to know when I'm going to go into labour. I'm just going to keep working until one day I don't come back in again. That's what I've done before."

Holly Willoughby said she was determined to keep working until the moment she goes into labour. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The 33-year-old, whose due date is in October, said she was speedily trying to wrap up filming for ITV's new series of Surprise Surprise before the baby arrives.

"My job is sat on a sofa. I'm sitting down all the time on This Morning, and on Celebrity Juice I'm behind a desk. So don't feel too sorry for me," the TV presenter said.

TV host Holly Willoughby expecting 'surprise' third child

Holly Willoughby posted a link to her website announcement on Twitter, saying: "I've got something to tell you..." Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

This Morning and Surprise Surprise host Holly Willoughby has announced she is expecting a third child with her husband Dan Baldwin.

The 33-year-old posted a message on her website, saying: "Surprise Surprise (and it was a surprise!!) I'm really happy and excited to tell you that Dan and I are expecting baby number 3!!

"We feel blessed and very lucky to be giving Belle and Harry a little brother or sister later this year."


This Morning named best daytime show at NTAs

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby accept the National Television Award. Credit: ITV

This Morning has been named best daytime show at the National Television Awards for the fourth year in a row.

Accepting the award Phillip Schofield said: "This is a real shock for us actually, four in a row is unbelievable. Thank you so much to the This Morning viewers who are such a loyal family."

Watch the National Television Awards live on ITV

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