MICHELLE Keegan is currently the favourite to become the next team captain on Celebrity Juice after Holly Willoughby quit after 12 years.
Rumours are rife that the Our Girl actress will take over from Holly, 39, after the TV presenter said she wanted to spend more time with her three children and producer husband Dan Baldwin, 45.
Should the job become available Ladbrokes have put Michelle down as 4/1 for the Celebrity Juice post alongside host Keith Lemon.
Just behind is Scarlett Moffatt at 9/2, and Fearne Cotton to return at 5/1.
Holly’s decision comes after fellow panellist Fearne left the series in 2018.
One interesting potential contender is Eamonn Holmes and 6/1 and Gemma Collins is up for 12/1.
Holly Willoughby has quit comedy game show Celebrity Juice, hosted by Keith Lemon, after 12 years
Michelle Keegan – 4/1
Scarlett Moffatt – 9/2
Fearne Cotton – 5/1
Emma Bunton – 5/1
Paddy McGuiness – 6/1
Eamonn Holmes – 6/1
Claudia Winkleman – 6/1
Kelly Brook – 7/1
Rufus Hound – 7/1
Emma Willis – 8/1
Rylan Clark – 8/1
Phillip Schofield – 8/1
Chris Kamara – 10/1
Cat Deeley – 10/1
Ben Shephard – 12/1
Gemma Collins – 12/1
Davina McCall – 14/1
Holly told the ITV2 show’s producers about her decision last week after filming several lockdown editions with host Leigh Francis, 47.
Since launching the panel series in 2008 Holly — mum to Harry, ten, Belle, eight, and Chester, five — has become one of the UK’s most successful female TV presenters.
She fronts ITV daytime show This Morning, alongside Phillip Schofield, 58, and filled in for Ant McPartlin, 44, two years ago on I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here.
Holly’s decision to quit Celebrity Juice comes after pal and fellow panellist Fearne Cotton, 38, left the series in 2018 to focus on new projects.
A TV source said: “Holly has absolutely loved her time on the show — it’s been a huge part of her life, and has really helped to expand her fanbase over the years.
“But she feels now is the right time to bow out and wants to free up a bit more of her busy schedule to spend with her family.
“She’s still the best of pals with Leigh Francis and will continue to support the series.”
Yesterday comic Leigh posted a touching tribute to the star on his alias Keith Lemon’s Instagram page.
He wrote: “Love this woman. What an incredible sport. Always willing to get her hands dirty and join in.
“One of the boys but all woman. A wicked sense of humour and very easy to look at.
“Don’t look into her eyes though, ’cos she can make you do anything. What a lady! King of the ladies!
“The queen of the milk beasts! The one and only @hollywilloughby face of an angel but can have the potty mouth of . . . well me I guess.
“Super rad! Super nice! My mate!
“I salute all your wonderfulness. Massive hugs.”
Holly replied: “Aww . . . what a lovely thing to say . . . love you Lemon.”
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