Phillip Schofield’s new show pulled by ITV amid coronavirus fears

Phillip Schofield has seen his new show How To Spend It Well On Holiday pulled from ITV's schedules.

The This Morning presenter's show has been cancelled for now as coronavirus throws global travel into chaos.

ITV admitted it had postponed the programme, which was due to start last night – and replaced it with another travel show starring Griff Rhys Jones.

The network told The Sun Online: "To reflect the latest situation on travelling abroad at this time, this series has been postponed for now and will be screened later in the year."

Phillip, 57, had been scheduled to team up with a new host instead of Holly Willoughby, presenting instead with Good Morning Britain weather girl Lucy Verasamy.

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The series was set to begin last night, with a prime 8.30pm slot – airing after Emmerdale – with the pair travelling to the Mediterranean.

but with 3,858 cases of coronavirus now reported in Italy alone and the first death of a person happening in the UK yesterday, the programme was suspended at the last minute.

Replacing it was Griff's Great Australian Adventure, which sees the It'll Be Alright On The Night host travelling from Perth to Kalgoorlie.

This is despite the fact that Australia is one of the countries worst hit by the coronavirus, with 52 confirmed cases and two reported deaths.

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Phillip's new show was announced by 39-year-old Lucy in January, with the GMB presenter posting pictures of herself with Phillip.

She wrote at the time: "Fun Friday filming in the weather studio with @schofe : all will be revealed in the spring."

The cancellation came as a British woman became the first patient to die in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus.

The 75-year-old had underlying health conditions, according to The Royal Berkshire NHS Trust.

The number of cases of the killer bug topped 100 across the country and there has been 96,000 cases of the illness worldwide.

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