Holly Willoughby leaves ‘The Voice UK’

Willoughby is set to be replaced by 'Big Brother' presenter Emma Willis

Holly Willoughby has announced she has stepped down as host of BBC’s The Voice UK.

The ITV This Morning presenter has been the main presenter for the past two years of the Saturday night talent contest, but she has decided not to return as she wanted to find the right balance between work and family life. Co-host Reggie Yates has also left the show.

In a statement – via BBC – Willoughby said: “After much consideration, I will not be returning for series three of The Voice UK. I’ve had two wonderful years on the show, and I feel very privileged to have been a part of it. Finding the right balance between my work and family life is my priority and this has contributed to my decision. I look forward to watching the next series from my sofa, and I wish the whole team the best of luck.”

Willoughby will be replaced by Big Brother presenter Emma Willis. A replacement for Reggie Yates has yet to be announced.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Kylie Minogue has signed up to be a coach on the next series of The Voice in the UK. Minogue joins following the departure of both Jessie J and Danny O’Donoghue of The Script from the coaching panel. Will.i.am and Sir Tom Jones will both return alongside Minogue for the show’s third series.

Issuing a statement following the announcement, Minogue said: “I’m very excited to become a coach on The Voice UK. I love the concept of the show and have been an avid viewer of both series. he search for new talent is such an important aspect of the music industry and The Voice UK gives us all a part to play in that. Will I be competitive? Probably more than even I imagine! Watch this space!”

The Voice 2013 was won by 27-year-old Andrea Begley, who emerged victorious over Mike Ward, Leah McFall and Matt Henry in the June 22 final, earning a “lucrative” recording contract as her prize.