Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary to fill in as interim This Morning hosts

Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary will host This Morning on Monday following the departure of Phillip Schofield, ITV has confirmed.

It comes after the 61-year-old TV presenter announced he was stepping down from the talk show with "immediate effect" after more than 20 years on the programme.

His departure came amid reports of a rift with his co-star Holly Willoughby and after his brother, Timothy Schofield, was sentenced to 12 years in jail on Friday after being convicted of child sex offences.

Phillip Schofield said: "I have always been proud to cover fascinating stories on This Morning. But recently, This Morning itself has become the story.

Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary are set to present This Morning on Monday | Credit: ITV

"Throughout my career in TV – including the very difficult last few days – I have always done my best to be honourable and kind.

"I understand that ITV has decided the current situation can’t go on, and I want to do what I can to protect the show that I love.

"So I have agreed to step down from This Morning with immediate effect, in the hope that the show can move forward to a bright future.

"I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me – especially This Morning’s amazing viewers – and I’ll see you all for the Soap Awards next month."

Ms Willoughby, who has co-hosted the breakfast show with Schofield since 2009, will remain on the programme but is taking early half term holiday leave next week and will return on June 5.

Hammond and O'Leary, who co-host the show on Fridays, will be on the sofa in their absence on Monday morning.

However, ITV have not yet confirmed who will host for the rest of the week.