Phillip Schofield slams decision to replace Bruno Tonioli with Anton Du Beke

Many Strictly Come Dancing fans are thrilled at the news that Anton Du Beke is to replace Bruno Tonioli as a judge on the show, but Phillip Schofield questioned the choice.

Fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood appeared on This Morning to talk about the news, saying he is "over the moon" and "absolutely delighted" for Anton.

He said the decision was made as it is "too risky" for Bruno to travel to the UK to film the show, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Craig said he had been discussing the decision with Bruno when they were filming a road trip together.

"We were talking about whether he is going to fly backwards and forwards, and no, of course he can't, it's just too risky, I think at the moment," he said.

Phil asked when the new series of Strictly is due to start, and Craig said at the end of September.

"So surely the travel will be sort of back to normal by then?" protested Phil.

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Craig insisted: "Well you say that, but will it? It's still risky, whether we wear masks or not."

Phil fought back again, saying: "It seems early to make that decision," as Craig disagreed: "It had to be made in order to get the show on the road.

"You have to make decisions in advance, when it's so up in the air."

"It's where you're juggling, you know, there was a lot of juggling on Strictly last year," added Craig.

"I think the best sort of possible solution, you know, Bruno's not definitely out in that way. You know, he may come back next year," teased Craig.

He did say he thought it was "about time" that Anton was made judge, and praised his abilities.

Craig also admitted he missed being "booed" last year on Strictly thanks to Covid restrictions.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV

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