Holly Willoughby forced to present This Morning SOLO for the first time ever: ‘It’s so weird’

Holly Willoughby was left to her own devices on This Morning today after she was forced to present the show by herself for the first time ever!

The 38-year-old flew solo after co-host Phillip Schofield was too sick to make it into work, and Holly didn’t quite know what to do with herself.


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Looking tentative after the opening credits revealed Holly minus Phillip, she asked viewers to ‘stay with me’ before revealing her co-host’s absence.

‘You might have noticed that I’m all by myself,’ she told viewers.

‘Phillip is not well today, so we’re wishing him a lot of love and hope that he’s better soon.’

Having never presented the show alone before as a guest presenter will usually stand in, Holly admitted it felt ‘very strange’.

‘It’s so weird,’ she said. ‘I came in and sat here, and I sat in his chair. It just didn’t seem right to sit in that chair and for this one to be empty.

‘This is very strange – stay with me today.’

Viewers at home certainly did a double take, with many sympathising that a stand-in host wasn’t brought in to help Holly out.

One said: ‘Awww bless Holly!!! She looked like a deer in headlights!’

Another added: ‘This is weird seeing just Holly doing #ThisMorning by herself.’

And a third said: ‘That is rubbish that they couldn’t find a co-host to help Holly out. Where’s Alison Hammond or Rylan when you need them!’

While a fourth mused: ‘Strange that there’s no stand-in for Phil, always is when Holly’s off #ThisMorning.’

Get better soon Phillip!

Meanwhile, viewers weren’t happy with This Morning after a fake ITV news bulletin left them thinking the ‘Queen had died’.

Holly interrupted a segment on the show for a ‘breaking news story’, before news presenter Nina Hossain appeared on screen with what appeared to be a genuine report.

Holly Willoughby

However, the hoax was merely a ploy to reveal the gender of a couple’s twins live on air.

Viewers were left unimpressed, with one tweeting: ‘This morning just faked a breaking news as part of a gender reveal. Literally everyone watching immediately thought the queen died.’ 

While another said: ‘Really @thismorning ??!! Totally irresponsible using a ‘Breaking News Flash’ for a gender reveal!! Congrats to the couples & all that, but how many people just thought something seriously bad had happened!! Ridiculous!’


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