Holly Willoughby breaks from Phillip Schofield to film rival show Doesnt rely on him

Holly Willoughby discusses feeling as if she'd 'lost' herself

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Holly Willoughby is perhaps best known for presenting This Morning with Phillip Schofield. However, the star will be taking a two-week break from the ITV show to present Wim Hof’s Superstar Survival at the BBC alongside comedian Lee Mack. Sources close to the 40-year-old have claimed this exciting new opportunity for Holly who has plans to carry out more mainstream solo projects following her success on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! 

Holly is set to join Lee Mack and Wim ‘The Iceman’ Hof for the new BBC show, which will see celebrities embark on a journey of self-improvement and face a “unique test of mental strength like no other”.

The celebrities will tackle death-defying challenges in Europe’s harshest conditions in a bid to defeat their demons like anxiety and insomnia. 

While Holly may be leaving Phillip for a couple of weeks to film the highly-anticipated show, she will still fly back to the UK at weekends to film ITV’s Dancing On Ice with him. 

Sources close to the star have claimed Holly’s stint on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! alongside Declan Donnelly in Ant McPartlin’s absence in 2018 have given her the courage she needed to embark on more solo projects. 

“Holly loved I’m a Celeb so much it gave her the confidence to strike out on her own and do more mainstream solo TV projects,” a source informed the Sun. 

“Holly did an excellent job filling in for Ant and was one of the highlights of the show that year.

“She has high career ambitions and is starting the year as she means to go on.”

They added: “However, she absolutely loves This Morning and her on-screen partnership with Phillip, so isn’t going anywhere long-term. 

She’s just grateful ITV bosses are giving her the freedom to do her own projects.”

There has been speculation Holly might quit her This Morning role for some time – but she has denied the claims.

“I never think like that. I feel very lucky to be on that show. The show changes so much, I think that’s the beauty of This Morning,” she said.

“Recently it’s had the highest ratings it’s had in 15 years. It’s doing really, really well which is extraordinary for a show that’s been around for as long as it has. And I think because it changes and it evolves and it adapts.”

Holly has co-presented This Morning with Phillip since September 2009 after replacing Fern Britton.

She’s also presented Dancing On Ice with the 59-year-old on and off since it landed on screens in 2006. 

A source told OK! Magazine: “She of course loves working with Phil, but she’s also a star in her own right and doesn’t have to rely on their partnership.”

“She’s done This Morning for so long and she enjoys it so much, but she’s happy to be adding something different to her schedule too,” they added. 

“When she did the jungle she found it liberating and loved it more than she ever thought she would. It gave her confidence.

“She’s balancing everything really well, she loves her work and she’s able to juggle her family life and her social life with it really well.”

Wim Hof’s Superstar Survival will air on BBC One later this year. 

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