Holly Willoughby, the popular This Morning star, is set to make a comeback to television according to her former co-star, Dr Ranj. The 42-year-old presenter recently stepped down from the ITV show after reportedly being targeted in an alleged kidnapping and murder plot, which had a profound impact on her mental well-being. However, Dr Ranj believes that Holly's talent is too good to waste and anticipates her return to the small screen in the future.
During an interview with Closer magazine, Dr Ranj expressed his optimism about Holly's eventual return, stating that she is exceptionally skilled and it would be a shame for her to withdraw completely. Although unsure of the specific show or platform, he has faith that Holly will overcome her difficulties and resume her successful television career.
In light of Holly's recent ordeal, Dr Ranj revealed that he reached out to her to check on her well-being and received a reassuring response. He acknowledged the challenges she is currently facing and commended her for prioritizing her family's safety by leaving This Morning last month.
Holly initially joined the This Morning team in 2009 and her departure coincided with a series of high-profile changes on the show. Her co-host, Philip Schofield, left the program earlier this year following the revelation of his affair with a young male showrunner, which reportedly strained their working relationship. Shortly before going on air, Holly was taken off the show by authorities who had alerted ITV about the alleged kidnapping and murder plot.
Throughout this difficult period, Holly has noticeably stepped away from public life and has focused on being with her family. Close friends have described how her life has drastically changed, emphasizing that she is currently relishing her role as a homemaker. It remains uncertain when Holly will make her return to television, but she is scheduled to host Dancing on Ice in January.
Amid speculations of potential offers from the BBC, Holly's current employer, ITV, is giving her the space and time she needs to make a decision about her future in television. Sources from the network stress that there are currently no concrete plans for her, while friends suggest it might take some time before she feels ready to come back.
In the meantime, Holly is being considered as the top candidate to host the rebooted Gladiators series. If she chooses to accept, she would join forces with Bradley Walsh and his son Barney on the show. The first series, set to premiere in January, has already been filmed with the Walshes as the hosts. Holly's potential involvement would make her the new Ulrika Jonsson, and filming for the second series would take place next summer.