Amanda Holden would 'love' to replace Holly Willoughby on 'Celebrity Juice' if it weren't for work schedule

Amy Johnson
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Amanda Holden presents the PPL Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year award during the 2018 Classic BRIT Awards held at Royal Albert Hall on June 13, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Amanda Holden presents the PPL Classic BRITs Breakthrough Artist of the Year award during the 2018 Classic BRIT Awards held at Royal Albert Hall on June 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Amanda Holden has said she'd been keen to replace Holly Willoughby on Celebrity Juice if it weren't for her other work commitments and the programme's tough schedule.

The This Morning presenter announced at the weekend that she would be leaving the team captain role she's held for nearly 12 years meaning there is a vacancy left on the Keith Lemon fronted ITV2 panel show and Holden’s expressed an interest.

She told HuffPost: "I would love it, but it is hard work because they film for blinking hours. I remember when I filled in for Holly, I was like ‘Yeah! I’ll come and do that’. But obviously I do Heart Breakfast, which I get up for at 5.30am, they film it over in Elstree and I’m not joking, it takes about four hours and they don’t finish until really late. So I would say yes, I’d love to, but it takes too long!"

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Amanda Holden (L) and Holly Willoughby arrive at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in association with Pandora at Berkeley Square Gardens on May 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Amanda Holden (L) and Holly Willoughby arrive at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in association with Pandora at Berkeley Square Gardens on May 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

The Britain's Got Talent judge also thinks she hasn't got quite the right persona for the job.

"I know Holly is not goodie-goodie by any means, but that’s what she plays, and I always think it’s better to watch someone who is straighter doing things out of their comfort zone. Everyone knows I’m up for anything, so it’s not as funny," she added.

Holden isn't the only one to speak out on stepping into Willoughby's shoes as actor Michelle Keegan has denied reports that she's already been signed-up to the gig.

Leigh Francis aka Keith Lemon and Holly Willoughby with the award for Satellite/Digital Programme for Celebrity Juice during the 2017 Television and Radio Industries Club Awards, Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)
Leigh Francis aka Keith Lemon and Holly Willoughby with the award for Satellite/Digital Programme for Celebrity Juice during the 2017 Television and Radio Industries Club Awards, Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

Speaking on The One Show earlier in the week she remarked: "I can officially say that's not true. Don't get me wrong, I'm a massive fan of the show. I love the show, I find it hilarious. But, at the minute, no, no, that's not true."

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Fearne Cotton who was the other original team captain on the show left after the 20th series, with Paddy McGuinness being introduced as her replacement before Mel B took over for the 22nd series.