Keith Lemon says Celebrity Juice return depends on getting the "right" person to replace Holly Willoughby

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Celebrity Juice host Keith Lemon has once again addressed the show's future now that long-running team captain Holly Willoughby has officially left.

After 12 years on the show, Holly confirmed that the latest series of ITV2's Celebrity Juice would be her last earlier this month, and Keith Lemon has now admitted that the show's future depends on finding the right person to replace her.

"If we get the combination right, it'll come back and it'll all be new and nice," Keith explained on the Heart Radio Breakfast Show this week.

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"Lots of names have been put in a pot and sent to television people, to the TV big wigs, and I guess they'll decide from the names that we have chosen."

Holly's departure from the show comes just over a year after her fellow original team captain Fearne Cotton exited the series back in December 2018, with Paddy McGuinness and then Spice Girl Mel B later taking over.

"It's not an easy job though do you know?" Keith continued. "It depends how drunk I am whether or not it's easy. [But] it's a good job. Holly will tell you it's the funnest show that will ever happen."

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This Morning host Holly's final episode of Celebrity Juice aired earlier this month, although the star didn't quite get a proper send-off from the show as the coronavirus pandemic meant that Celebrity Juice was airing its lockdown specials.

Since the news of Holly's exit, a couple of names have been floated as possible replacements, including Britain's Got Talent star Amanda Holden and Our Girl's Michelle Keegan, while I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!'s Emily Atack also remains a fan-favourite choice after previously losing out on the job to Paddy McGuinness.

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But Keith has also previously admitted that he didn't know what was in store for Celebrity Juice's future right now, stressing that it's important to get the next phase right.

"I'm probably supposed to say it's meant to come back, lead with positive words but we've got to get it right. The next phase has to be right, I guess," he told Gaby Roslin recently.

Celebrity Juice airs on ITV2.

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