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Holly Willoughby has hit back at 'hurtful' claims she's quitting This Morning
Holly Willoughby (opens in new tab) has lashed out at 'hurtful' claims she's quitting This Morning.
The TV presenter who hosts the ITV daytime (opens in new tab) show alongside Phillip Schofield (opens in new tab) has broken her silence over the rumors that she's hanging up her presenting cue cards after 12 years.
Speaking on the Jonathan Ross Show, Holly, admitted it was sometimes 'difficult' to deal with the scrutiny surrounding her job
Holly admitted, "I do really love him (Schofield). I really love him. We’re lucky. We really are. I’ve read those things too. It hurts sometimes because it’s so unfair and untrue, so it’s difficult sometimes."
"We’re just incredibly lucky. So no, I’m not retiring. That’s a really long answer."
Holly previously revealed the 'terrifying' moment she almost quit This Morning (opens in new tab).
And fans started speculating that Holly was leaving after she started working on solo projects including her new lifestyle brand Wylde Moon and she recently celebrated her career milestone after releasing her debut book (opens in new tab) Reflections.
One Twitter user tweeted, 'I wonder how much truth there is in the @hollywills ‘quit over pay’ rumours… #ThisMorning'
Another put, '@hollywills @Schofe and @thismorning Quick one, you are not leaving @thismorning are you???'
Holly, who welcomed a new addition to the family (opens in new tab), also started the speculation when she worked with Bradley Walsh on new show Take Off.
And a third fan added, 'Apparently everyone is devastated that Holly Willoughby is leaving Phillip Schofield to go and work with Bradley Walsh ...'
Discussing retiring with the other guests, she said, "I never think like that. I feel very lucky to be on that show. The show changes so much, I think that’s the beauty of This Morning.
"Recently it’s had the highest ratings it’s had in 15 years. It’s doing really, really well which is extraordinary for a show that’s been around for as long as it has. And I think because it changes and it evolves and it adapts.
She added, "But I think that show has something to teach us a little bit, as long as we keep evolving and changing and moving on and happy to flow with things…"
Holly Willoughby has previously admitted what kind of different direction she is keen to go in away from This Morning. Speaking on Lorriane to promote her book, she was quizzed over whether in future she wanted to become the voice of a "movement" and the TV star was keen.
She said, “I think I would like to, there is no doubt about it that this is an area of my life I would like to explore more.
“I feel incredibly passionate about women’s issues and I feel I have a responsibility and a need within me to move it forward a bit myself.
“It would be wrong not to. I surround myself with women and we are the lucky ones.
“There are women who don’t have the opportunities I have, who don’t have the resources I have and this is particularly an area I want to explore.
“I think that is where I am going to, that is my next phase in life. That is my passion and life can only be about passion now,” she added.
Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammon to host the Friday shows (opens in new tab), taking over from Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, but when it comes to her partnership with Phil, she wouldn't do it with anyone else.
She explained, ‘I can’t imagine a world without him being there. It just wouldn’t be the same. The magic of that show is us two together when we’re together.
‘Fridays are different – Dermot and Alison have their own unique magic. Co-hosts like that don’t come along very often so when they do you have to hold tight.’
Jonathan Ross airs at 10.05pm on ITV and ITV hub
Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.
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