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02/09/2015 08:08 BST | Updated 02/09/2015 08:59 BST

Bill Turnbull's 'BBC Breakfast' Co-Host Charlie Stayt Named Favourite To Take Over His Presenting Job

Bill Turnbull may have only just announced that he’s stepping down from presenting ‘BBC Breakfast’, but talk has already turned to who will be replacing him.

Bill currently fronts the show for half of the week, but announced on Wednesday that he was leaving the morning show after 15 years, to spend more time with his family (and his bees).

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Bill Turnbull

Charlie Stayt, who currently presents ‘BBC Breakfast’ on Thursdays and Fridays, has been named the current favourite to take over Bill’s presenting job, with William Hill offering odds of 4/1.

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Charlie Stayt

A spokesperson for William Hill explains: “Bill has a legion of fans and will be a tough act to follow but in Charlie there is obviously a ready-made replacement.

“But despite the early hours, there will be countless covetous glances being cast at the soon-to-be vacant slot on the red sofa.”

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Adrian Chiles

Other early favourites for the job include Channel 4 news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy and former ‘Daybreak’ and ‘The One Show’ co-host, Adrian Chiles, with odds of 8/1 and 9/1 respectively.

Meanwhile, with odds of 33/1, controversial ‘Sky News’ anchor Kay Burley is among the outside favourites, as is sports presenter Mike Bushell.

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Kay Burley, surprisingly, also features

Speaking about his departure from ‘BBC Breakfast’ on Wednesday, Bill said: “I agreed to come North for two years and it went so well I agreed to do another two years.

"That is coming to an end - by that time I will have been doing the show for nearly 15 years, which is more than enough for me and the audience.

"So it is a good time to call it a day and do something else. It was a long-term decision."

For the full list of William Hill's odds, click here.

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