Holly Willoughby forced to miss This Morning because of new lockdown rules

Holly Willoughby

Holly Willoughby was forced to skip her spot on This Morning yesterday after suffering a parenting mishap that so many Brits are facing right now.

England was plunged into lockdown part three on Monday, with schools across the country being forced to close (opens in new tab) last minute by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the hope of curbing the new strain of Covid-19 (opens in new tab).

But that left many families struggling to find childcare or arrange homeschooling (opens in new tab) - especially if they are a key worker and Holly Willoughby was among the mums and dads left with nobody to look after the kids.

The popular presenter was forced to stay at home with her children Harry, 11, Belle, nine, and Chester, six, who she shares with TV producer husband Dan Baldwin, on what should've been her second day back on the show after her Christmas break.

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But her absence was short-lived as after putting a plan into action, Holly returned to the sofa of the ITV daytime show with Phillip Schofield today, who had been holding the fort with Rochelle Humes.

Phillip had initially said Holly needed to spend a couple of extra days with the family but later joked, "Holly's not around today. She's just about to wrap up her filming commitments with The Masked Singer.

He continued, "She will be back with us tomorrow. The Badger, who would have thought it? Unbelievable but I guessed it from the off."

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To which Rochelle replied, You’re so naughty! But Phillip couldn't resist a final tease, he explained, "We'll also say good morning to Holly who is watching at home, as Badger. She's dealing with her childcare issues at the moment and she will be back tomorrow."

And true to his word, after her absence Holly returned to the sofa but she didn't hold back on reporting how stressed she was feeling.

She declared that she was "just about holding on" as she admitted it was "lovely to be back".

She told viewers, "How are you, I've missed you! Are you all okay? I think we are just about holding on! Still holding on! Happy New Year!"

Good to have you back Holly!

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

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.