AJ Odudu has revealed why she won’t be replacing Holly Willoughby on ITV’s This Morning.
The Big Brother host, 35, is currently hosting the rebooted season of Big Brother and has been tipped to replace the long-standing presenter.
But AJ has already ruled herself out of taking on the big role, which would be groundbreaking for her TV career.
Discussing the opportunity, she revealed the surprising reason behind her decision was that she wanted to avoid the early morning starts.
She told The Sun: ‘I couldn’t cope with the early starts. I don’t do mornings.
Declined: AJ Odudu has revealed why she won’t be replacing Holly Willoughby on ITV’s This Morning
Star of the show: Holly announced she was stepping down from This Morning with immediate effect
‘They have to be there at, like 8am. I’m a night owl. But of course the idea is flattering.’
Despite her fame, AJ also revealed she enjoys a relatively fame-free day-to-day life.
She continued: ‘I think, because I live in London, everyone is quite used to seeing people and no one really gives me much notice.’
AJ set pulses racing on Tuesday as she enjoyed a night out at the Glamour Women of the Year awards.
The former Strictly contestant beamed under the spotlight, as she oozed confidence while striking a slew of poses, showing that she doesn’t want to give up her party days just yet.
Holly, 42, shared a statement on her social media last week revealing that she would be stepping down after 14 years on the show with immediate effect, after an alleged kidnap plot against her was foiled.
It was later revealed that the editor of This Morning found out Holly was quitting the show just 20 minutes before she announced her exit on Instagram.
Martin Frizell was left blindsided by his star presenter’s shock announcement – which caused some of the staff on the ITV show to breakdown in tears.
Rising star: AJ, 35, is currently hosting the rebooted Big Brother alongside Will Best and competed on Strictly in 2021
Resignation: The presenter took to Instagram to confirm she ‘will not be returning’ to the show
Surprise: Martin Frizell (left) was left blindsided by his star presenter’s announcement
According to the Mail on Sunday, Holly turned to ITV’s head of daytime Emma Gormley, over both the alleged plot against her as well as her future on the show.
In fact, despite Martin pinning his colours to Holly’s mast during her fall-out with Phillip— a long-standing friend of his — the television vet only found out she was to quit the show a mere 20 minutes before Holly’s 8.5 million Instagram followers did.
It comes amid claims that Holly is no longer being poached by the BBC after suddenly quitting This Morning.
The rival broadcaster was believed to be doing everything they could to sign her to an exclusive golden handcuffs deal.
But according to The Sun all plans are now on hold in a bid to give the television personality ‘breathing space’.