This Morning’s Holly Willoughby is set to return to the ITV daytime show on Monday, June 5 alongside Josie Gibson. The presenter’s comeback follows Phillip Schofield’s exit from the programme after more than 20 years on the famous blue sofa.
Phillip stepped down from his role as This Morning host after reports of a rift with Holly on May 20 and later quit ITV completely after admitting to an affair with a younger colleague. You can read more about his first on-camera interview here.
It’s been reported that Holly will address her co-host’s departure when she returns to the show after almost two weeks off. The presenter took an early half-term break but is set to make a comeback on Monday, June 5 at 10am.
But with Phil no longer her co-host after 14 years on the show, who will stand in alongside Holly? Following Phil’s depature, ITV bosses confirmed Holly would co-present with members of the This Morning family, and first up is Josie Gibson, here’s everything you need to know.
Josie Gibson, whose full name is Josephine Diane Shirley Gibson, is a television personality from Bristol. The 38-year-old shot to fame on Big Brother in 2010 when she won series 11, beating Dave Vaughan in the final.
Following her big win, Josie immediately returned to the famous house to take part in Ultimate Big Brother, an all-star series of the show, but walked out after just three days. Later, Josie dabbled in presenting, taking on roles on Channel 5’s OK! TV and Live With…., she also featured as a team captain on Big Brother’s Bit on the Side.
Josie has taken part in many television programmes including Celebrity Dinner Date in 2016 and the ITV competition, The Jump in 2017. However, she was the first contestant to be eliminated after she refused to take part in a live ski jump.Who is Josie Gibson on This Morning? From Big Brother win to replacing Phillip Schofield
The 38-year-old joined This Morning as competition announcer in 2019, she had her first presenting gig in 2021 when she filled in for Holly Willoughby last minute. Josie went down a storm with ITV viewers and is now a regular presenter, often hosting on the blue sofa alongside Craig Doyle during holidays.
She also does many of the show’s segments outside the studio, including walking with pigs in Bannau Brycheiniog, joining mermaids at Mermaid Cove and seeking out the best and the biggest rollercoasters. Josie has over 400,000 followers on Instagram and regularly keeps her fans up to date with her presenting gigs, red carpet events, style, fashion and home life with her four-year-old son Reggie-James.Who is Josie Gibson on This Morning? From Big Brother win to replacing Phillip Schofield
When it comes to her personal life, Josie has previously spoken out about being single. Speaking to The Sun, she explained she was “too scared” to try and find love on dating apps.Who is Josie Gibson on This Morning? From Big Brother win to replacing Phillip SchofieldWho is Josie Gibson on This Morning? From Big Brother win to replacing Phillip Schofield
“I couldn’t do that dating apps because I haven’t got the minerals,” she said. “I could not go and meet them. I just wouldn’t have the confidence to go and meet them if I didn’t know them, and I like to know people who know people.” For more showbiz and television stories get our newsletter here.