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'Love you to bits!' Holly Willoughby wishes Phillip Schofield a happy 58th birthday


Holly Willoughby wished her pal and This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield a happy birthday on Wednesday morning with a sweet Instagram snap.

In the image, the pair were in one of their usual fits of giggles as Phil – who is turning 58 – holds a phone and they both chat to someone on FaceTime.

Holly, 39, captioned the snap: ‘Happy Birthday to this gorgeous man… @schofe love you to bits…’ 

Socially-distant birthday: Holly Willoughby wished her pal and This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield a happy birthday on Wednesday morning with a sweet Instagram snap

Socially-distant birthday: Holly Willoughby wished her pal and This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield a happy birthday on Wednesday morning with a sweet Instagram snap

He replied: ‘Thank you gorgeous xxxx’ 

It’s been quite a year for the pair thus far, after Phillip announced in January that he was gay, in a live chat with Holly on This Morning.

Holly has been a pillar of support for her friend since then as they have continued to front the daily morning show as the global coronavirus then unfolded.

This Morning has been kept on the air despite the pandemic, with a skeleton staff and with Holly and Phil unable to sit next to each other.

As the show opened on Wednesday, Phil lamented not being able to hug Holly, or blow out birthday cake candles because of COVID-19, but revealed she had arranged a Zoom chat with him earlier in the day with other celebs such as Davina McCall, Emma Bunton and Dec Donnelly.

Phil also revealed that Wednesday’s cookery segment would be his favourite Chinese dish – but that it would be cooked from a home kitchen.

Friends til the end: It's been quite a year for the pair thus far, after Phillip announced in January that he was gay, in a live chat with Holly on This Morning

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Friends til the end: It’s been quite a year for the pair thus far, after Phillip announced in January that he was gay, in a live chat with Holly on This Morning

‘I won’t even be able to smell it!’ Phil cried.

The day before was a different situation – as Alison Hammond filmed a shoot-from-the-hip cooking segment on Tuesday’s This Morning.

Ahead of her appearance on the Celebrity Bake Off on Tuesday night, the presenter, 45, decided to take to the This Morning kitchen and whip up a batch of chocolate brownies – in what turned out to be a side-splitting segment, leaving Phil and Holly in hysterics.

Most notably, Alison decided to declare that baking powder was optional, and then forgot to add eggs to the mixture.

Kitchen capers! Alison Hammond cheered the nation during her shoot-from-the-hip cooking segment on Tuesday's This Morning

Kitchen capers! Alison Hammond cheered the nation during her shoot-from-the-hip cooking segment on Tuesday’s This Morning

‘It’s looking a bit dry!’ she observed, as Holly and Phil were left in stitches in the background.

‘You’ve forgotten the eggs!’ Phil informed her.

Indeed, Alison struggled to mix up the craggy sludge in the bowl, before dumping the eggs in, turning it into a runny brown mess.

Still she persevered.

Hilarious: Ahead of her appearance on the Celebrity Bake Off on Tuesday night, the presenter, 45, decided to take to the This Morning kitchen and whip up a batch of chocolate brownies - in what turned out to be a side-splitting segment

Hilarious: Ahead of her appearance on the Celebrity Bake Off on Tuesday night, the presenter, 45, decided to take to the This Morning kitchen and whip up a batch of chocolate brownies – in what turned out to be a side-splitting segment

Whatever! Most notably, Alison decided to declare that baking powder was optional, and then forgot to add eggs to the mixture

Whatever! Most notably, Alison decided to declare that baking powder was optional, and then forgot to add eggs to the mixture

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Holly said: ‘I feel like we’re watching you in your own kitchen imagining how you’d do this on the telly.’

She said of the baking powder: ‘You’re meant to add it but one time I forgot and it didn’t make any difference. So add it, don’t add it, whatever.’ 

Alison was then warned that she only had a minute left – and was no-where near putting the mixture in to bake.

‘Oh it’s fine!’ she breezed, reaching for the extra ingredients to go into the chocolate mix.

All in the details: 'How long would you cook that for?' Phil asked, with somewhat of a crucial question

All in the details: ‘How long would you cook that for?’ Phil asked, with somewhat of a crucial question

Holly said: 'I feel like we're watching you in your own kitchen imagining how you'd do this on the telly'

Holly said: ‘I feel like we’re watching you in your own kitchen imagining how you’d do this on the telly’

She dumped the nuts and chocolate chips into the bowl before tipping that into a baking tray and chucking it into the oven.

‘How long would you cook that for?’ Phil asked, with somewhat of a crucial question.

‘Oh 40 seconds!’ Alison joked, before taking out a completed version and claiming that took 40 minutes. 

This Morning has continued to push through with its daily broadcast amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

On Monday’s show, regular chef Phil Vickery was in the studio, while TV cook John Torode called in via Skype on Tuesday ahead of Alison’s segment, to talk about the latest series of MasterChef. 



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