Phillip Schofield says he wants to host This Morning for another decade

On Tuesday (September 6) Phillip Schofield celebrated his 20th anniversary as the host for This Morning.

The star has said that he would like to "host the next decade" and has "no plans to leave the sofa".

This Morning celebrated Phil's 20th with an adorable throwback video of his very first day on the show.

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The 60-year-old first joined the programme back in 2002 to replace John Leslie as a co-host alongside Fern Britton.

In an interview with The Mirror, Phil said: "I hope so! [hosting for the next decade] I certainly have no plans to leave the sofa."

He continued: "I never imagined it for a second, in fact, if you’d told me on that day that I’d still be there 20 years later, I wouldn’t have believed you'"

Phil's co-star Holly Willoughby announced the news on Tuesday's show.

Holly started the show by telling viewers: "We couldn't start today's show without mentioning something very special. Actually, it really is a huge achievement."

Phillip chimed in: "I didn't realise!"

Holly explained: "Yesterday, we were doing our meeting, it's always at the end of the show and it's like, 'What's coming on tomorrow's show' and the producers went, 'Did you know, it's 20 years exactly since Phil officially started presenting on This Morning?' 20 years!"

To which Phillip said: "It's gone like that!" and clicked his fingers.

They then played a video of Phil's first ever day at This Morning where he was talking about I'm A Celeb, which was airing its first ever series.

Phillip said: "Oh my God, I don't think I've ever seen that!

"That must have been the first series of I'm A Celeb… that's mad."

Holly added: "Do you know what's weird about that?

"Seeing you as the new boy. That's so weird because it just feels like you've been here forever."

Phil then admitted how "nervous" he was on his first day and how Fern looked after him.

He said: "I was nervy as well. Fern [Britton] was so lovely looking after me!"

Holly responded: "That's what you were like with me on my first day!"

Phil gushed over how "lucky" he feels to have worked on the iconic breakfast show for 20 years.

He said: "Wow, thank you, I haven't heard anything about the auditions… no one's ever told me I've got the job!

"I never forget how lucky I am, so thank you very much."


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