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Sunday, 30 September, 2001, 13:29 GMT 14:29 UK
Twiggy 'axed from This Morning'
Twiggy and Coleen Nolan
Twiggy and Coleen Nolan replaced Richard and Judy
Sixties model Twiggy has reportedly been axed as a presenter on This Morning.

She took over fronting the show at the beginning of September alongside former Nolan Sisters singer Coleen Nolan.

Poor viewing figures since then are said to be the reason Twiggy's short-term contract will not be renewed, according to the Mail on Sunday.

Reviews have also described Twiggy's performance in front of the camera as "wooden".

Richard and Judy
Richard and Judy were daytime favourites for 13 years
Viewing figures have dipped below one million for the ITV1 daytime show since the departure of husband and wife team Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan after 13 years.

Their send-off on their final programme saw 1.8 million viewers tune in.

The Mail on Sunday reports that Twiggy, 51, will only remain co-host of the show for another month while Nolan has signed up for another year.

The pair had been presenting the show in rotation with John Leslie and Fern Britton, who is currently on maternity leave.

Former Ready, Steady Cook presenter Britton is said to be returning early from leave in an attempt to salvage the show and is being seen as the way forward.

Twiggy and Nolan's first show pulled in one million viewers but recent shows have seen an average audience of 900,000.

Granada Television, the makers of This Morning, refused to be drawn on contract discussions.

BBC One programmes which air at the same time, such as Kilroy, Trading Up and Wipeout, have been reaching audiences of between 900,000 and 1.8m.

See also:

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