What happened between Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield? Everything we know about 'fallout'

18 May 2023, 09:42 | Updated: 20 May 2023, 15:56

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield fallout: Everything we know about their feud
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield fallout: Everything we know about their feud. Picture: ITV
Alice Dear

By Alice Dear

Have Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield fallen out, what caused the 'feud' and are they still on This Morning?

Phillip Schofield, 61, has quit This Morning with immediate effect following over a week of reports that he and co-host Holly Willoughby, 42, have fallen out.

While Holly and Phil continued to host This Morning as normal last week, Phillip has now announced that he has decided to step down from his role on the show.

This comes after it was reported that Holly was looking to pull the plug on their professional relationship. She has now released her own statement following news Phillip is leaving the ITV show.

But have Holly and Phil really fallen out, are they still hosting This Morning and what do we know so far?

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby are reported to have fallen out
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby are reported to have fallen out . Picture: ITV

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby 'feud'

It was first reported that there was tension between Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield last week when a source told The Sun that while they are "putting on smiles" for the show, there are "naturally some tensions".

“This has been brewing quietly for some time", the source told the publication: "But now it’s all out in the open and people are talking about it. There is no getting past it."

They added: “For those working on the show it was business as usual but naturally it’s the talk of the office.”

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Phil's statement on friendship with Holly

Following these reports, Phillip Schofield issued a statement to The Sun about his friendship with Holly.

It read: “As I have said before, Holly is my rock. We’re the best of friends — as always, she is an incredible support on screen, behind the scenes and on the phone.

"Holly has always been there for me, through thick and thin. And I’ve been there for her. The last few weeks haven’t been easy for either of us.”

Speaking of the his brother recently receiving a verdict of guilty for 11 sexual abuse offences, Phil went on: "My family went through a real ordeal. And Holly’s support throughout meant the world to me, as did the support of my bosses at ITV, my editor Martin Frizell and the whole This Morning family, including our amazing viewers. And of course Holly has herself been ill with shingles."

He ended it with: "Whatever happens, we still have each other to count on."

A show source, however, described Phillip's statement as "desperate" and that "he knows" his relationship with Holly is "strained".

Holly Willoughby is reportedly looking to pull the plug on her TV partnership with Phillip Schofield
Holly Willoughby is reportedly looking to pull the plug on her TV partnership with Phillip Schofield. Picture: Alamy

Holly Willoughby 'blindsided' by statement

The statement, while appearing to confirm that all was well with the pair, was reportedly a surprise to Holly who is said to have known nothing about it.

A source close to Holly told the Daily Mail that the first time she saw the statement, or knew anything about it, was when it was published.

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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield received backlash last year after they were accused of 'jumping the queue' to see the Queen's coffin . Picture: BBC

Eamonn Holmes' dig at Holly and Phillip

Eamonn Holmes has weighed into the reports of a fallout between Holly and Phillip, who he was once close to when he worked on This Morning alongside his wife Ruth Langsford.

Speaking on TV, he brutally said: "I think there should have been a special award for Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby for best actors."

He went on: "They may or may not be together on the telly today. He's brought in lawyers, she's brought in a PR team. The public surely will suss that there's no chemistry, that it's a broken fit between the two of them and that This Morning does not depend on who presents it."

"It's an institution", Eamonn continued to say: "It will carry on no matter who presents it and anyone can check the viewing figures, there's no difference between whether they present it or anyone else."

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Lorraine Kelly speaks out on Holly and Phil's future on This Morning

Speaking to The Sun on Tuesday, Lorraine Kelly said: "Do you know what they were back today and it was business as usual and everyone is just getting on with it.”

She went on to say that she thought it was "unlikely" the pair would be replaced on the show.

“I would be sad if they left the show", Lorraine went on: "But I don’t think that is ever likely to happen and I think they’re just getting on with it."

Holly Willoughby leaves This Morning early

Amid the feud reports, and although the pair have continued to host This Morning as usual this week, Holly left the show early on Wednesday.

Holly departed the studio around midday, leaving Phil to present the rest of the show alone.

The TV star had to leave early as she was presenting an award at Buckingham Palace as part of the Princes' Trust.

Latest: Phillip Schofield quits This Morning

Phillip Schofield has since announced he has quit This Morning with immediate effect.

In a statement, he wrote: "I have always been proud to cover fascinating stories on This Morning. But recently, This Morning itself has become the story.

"Throughout my career in TV – including the very difficult last few days – I have always done my best to be honourable and kind. I understand that ITV has decided the current situation can't go on, and I want to do what I can to protect the show that I love.

"So I have agreed to step down from This Morning with immediate effect, in the hope that the show can move forward to a bright future. I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me – especially This Morning's amazing viewers – and I'll see you all for the Soap Awards next month."

Holly Willoughby has said the sofa 'will not be the same without him'
Holly Willoughby has said the sofa 'will not be the same without him'. Picture: Instagram

Holly Willoughby reacts to Phillip Schofield quitting This Morning

Shortly after the statement from Phillip, Holly released her own which read: "It’s been over 13 great years presenting This Morning with Phil and I want to take this opportunity to thank him for all of his knowledge, his experience and his humour."

She simply added: "The sofa won’t feel the same without him."

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