BBC chiefs are lining up a megabucks offer to tempt Phillip Schofield from ITV’s This Morning, The Sun can reveal.
Bosses have discussed making an approach to the telly veteran, 58, when his golden handcuffs deal ends.
If he agrees it would bring an end to his long-standing This Morning partnership with co-host Holly Willoughby, 39.
ITV are likely to put up a fight to keep their star, who is thought to earn around £1million a year.
A source said: “Phil’s a telly legend. He has thousands of loyal fans who follow his every move.
“He’s become a prime target for the BBC who think he would be the perfect face for a number of new shows.
“His contract with ITV ends in 2021 so the BBC want to start a conversation.
“The hope is a meeting could take place as restrictions begin to ease later this year — and he’d be able to give them an idea of how much he’d be looking for.”
A move back to the Beeb would see Schofield’s career come full circle.
At 17 he became a tea boy at Broadcasting House in London after writing in begging for a job.
He made his professional TV debut on a music show in New Zealand after his family moved there for four years.
On his return to the UK, he took up a job introducing programmes for Children’s BBC in 1985 with puppet Gordon the Gopher.
He went on to co-host Saturday morning kids’ show, Going Live! from 1987 to 1993 — the year he also married his long-term girlfriend Stephanie Lowe.
A year later he landed his first ITV show, Talking Telephone Numbers.
He took over as This Morning co-host in 2002, first alongside Fern Britton then, from 2009, with Holly with whom he had formed a winning duo hosting Dancing on Ice from 2006.
It was on This Morning last year that Phillip, who has two adult daughters, came out as gay.
The BBC insisted no approach has been made to Schofield.
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