Holly Willoughby Quits Celebrity Juice After 12 Years

3 May 2020, 13:37 | Updated: 3 May 2020, 13:43

Holly Willoughby quits Celebrity Juice
Holly Willoughby quits Celebrity Juice. Picture: ITV2

Holly Willoughby has confirmed she's leaving ITV2's Celebrity Juice after spending 12 years on the show.

Holly Willoughby has announced she's quit Celebrity Juice after over a decade as a 'team captain' on the ITV2 show.

The 39-year-old TV presenter posted a montage of photos from the show on her Instagram as she revealed why she's left.

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"Thank you @celebjuiceofficial for 12 years of fantastic chaos... I can't quite believe what we've done and how quick that time has gone," she wrote in the caption to her post.

"It’s time for me to hand over my team captain seat to some lucky lucky person... whoever that is, know you are about to get one of the best jobs in telly working with one of comedies finest... @keithlemon."

The star paid tribute to the show's host Keith Lemon plus Fearne Cotton, who was on the show for 10 years.

"I remember starting this journey with you and saying ‘I think this might work’... my goodness me it did... three friends, you me and @fearnecotton ... and that is what is at the heart of it.. friendship... I love the bones of you Lemon!"

However, Holly teased that she would be back with Keith on Celebrity Juice in the future, just not as a team captain: "I’ll be back as a guest and just to make sure someone is keeping you in check..."

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Thank you @celebjuiceofficial for 12 years of fantastic chaos... I can’t quite believe what we’ve done and how quick that time has gone. Thank you to you all for watching..we’ve always had the loudest and best audiences. Also a huge thank you to @itv2 for believing in the show in the first place and for all of your support...Over the years the production team has changed, however to anyone lucky enough to have worked on the show, they will know that we really do have the best time, it’s never felt like work and always been to me like a night out... Thank you for all your ingenious ideas and hard work... all good things must come to an end and nothing lasts forever... It’s time for me to hand over my team captain seat to some lucky lucky person... whoever that is, know you are about to get one of the best jobs in telly working with one of comedies finest... @keithlemon ... Where to begin... I remember starting this journey with you and saying ‘I think this might work’... my goodness me it did... three friends, you me and @fearnecotton ... and that is what is at the heart of it.. friendship... I love the bones of you Lemon! Thank you for making me laugh for twelve years... I’ll be back as a guest and just to make sure someone is keeping you in check... if I don’t see you through a week or next week or the week after... know you are always in my heart... ❤️

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Holly has been a part of the show ever since it first appeared on our screens back in September 2008, captaining a team for all 23 series except for in 2014 when she was on maternity leave and Gino D'Acampo stepped in.

Fearne Cotton was the other original team captain but left in 2018 to focus on other projects. Paddy McGuinness replaced Fearne for one series before leaving and was replaced by Spice Girls singer Mel B.

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