ITV bosses ‘implement emergency plan’ in case Holly Willoughby doesn’t return to Dancing On Ice

ITV bosses have reportedly began putting a plan in place should Holly Willoughby choose not to return to Dancing on Ice, following her departure from This Morning.

Holly, 42, stepped down from presenting This Morning in October after 14 years. Her exit came after the departure of co-host Phillip Schofield, 61, in May. Phillip left ITV after admitting to an 'unwise but not illegal' affair with a much younger male colleague while married.

Alongside This Morning, Holly and Phillip also hosted Dancing on Ice together. While it's been claimed that Stephen Mulhern will replace Phillip on the upcoming series of the show in January, it's still yet to be revealed if Holly will return to the show, but ITV bosses are said to be "confident" they can convince her to come back.

DOI bosses have reportedly offered her round-the-clock security and around £200,000 to £250,000 to host the show's nine episodes. Holly previously earned £200,000 for the annual presenting gig.

A source told The Sun on Sunday: “Bosses have left the offer open-ended to suit Holly and not put pressure on her after the time she’s gone through, and they are quietly confident she will return."

However, ITV bosses have reportedly started to line up replacement hosts should Holly decide she doesn't want the presenting gig, as the launch of the new series quickly draws closer.

Reports suggest that some of ITV's most-loved TV presenters have been approached about taking over the gig, such as Christine Lampard, 44, Rochelle Humes, 34, and Josie Gibson, 38.

The source continued: "But they feel Dancing On Ice is a set piece so if she does step away they know there is no shortage of glam female presenters to step in.”

ITV declined to comment when approached by OK!

It's been claimed that Holly is extremely torn over whether to host Dancing on Ice or not, with the decision having left her in "a right state" as she isn't sure she can do it.

A source told Mail Online: "Holly has got herself in a right state about it. She absolutely loves ITV, she is loyal to them and they have been extremely loyal to her, but she’s just not sure if she can do it."

They continued: "Holly doesn’t want to let anyone down. It is literally the toughest decision for her. I mean, what do you do? It starts in a few weeks, she knows that. It’s a huge quandary.

"With what Holly has been faced with in the past few months, that is a hard commitment to make. She’s worried, she’s terrified and it is absolutely awful for her."

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