Holly Willoughby is absent from This Morning for a second day today and it has not gone unnoticed by fans, who have been asking: ‘Where is Holly Willoughby and why is she not on This Morning?’
The TV star has hosted This Morning with Philip Schofield on Monday to Thursday for the past 11 years, usually only taking breaks during the school holidays when the duo are replaced by hosts like Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary or Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes.
She and Phil had been presenting together on Monday, but on Tuesday she was absent and is missing again today, (Wednesday 17th November), with Josie Gibson stepping in once more to the main hosting role at the last minute alongside Phillip.
This is the fourth time she’s been mysteriously absent from presenting This Morning in recent months, leaving viewers in the lurch at the last minute.
Where is Holly Willoughby and why is she not on This Morning today?
Phillip Schofield opened today’s show saying ‘Look who’s back’ – but it wasn’t because Holly had returned, it was that Josie Gibson was covering for Holly once more due to her having a “two day tummy bug”.
Josie thanked Phil for having her back and he praised the star, who normally hosts the show’s competitions and roving reporting, for her debut, telling her “(it’s been) a massive response, everybody loved you, thought it was fantastic.”
Opening Tuesday’s show, Phillip explained how Josie was on her way to Surrey for another part of the show when she was diverted back to the London studio.
“An hour ago you were on your way to do our live shows in Surrey,” he said as Josie replied, “Yep, one minute of TV, over. Then I had a phone call.”
Addressing Holly’s absence, her co-host and pal Phil added, “Holly is not here today because she’s got a tummy bug – nothing more than that.
“She’ll probably be back tomorrow but you [Josie] were parachuted in.”
Josie laughed and said, “I couldn’t believe it. I thought they’d got the wrong number, Phil.
“Honestly, I said ‘You’ve phoned Josie’, but how surreal. I’ve grown up watching the show and now I’m sat alongside you.
“I’ve been thrown in at the deep end but I’ve got the best armbands on the planet,” she added turning to Phil.
This Morning tweeted to let viewers know, ‘Feel better soon @hollywills! And best of luck for your first time hosting, @Josiestweet’
Fans have been sending their wishes.
One viewer tweeted, ‘Awe Holly I was so sad when you arent on this morning today. You and Phil are the best host duo. Get better soon and I hope your on tomorrow’ @hollywills’
Another viewer claimed, ‘I think they’re just trying her out at presenting and Holly’s probably working on something else ..’
And a third fan added, ‘Absolutely loving @Josiestweet on tv #thismorning – we need to see Josie more often in a presenting role – congratulations and well done Josie – just fabulous!’
After reports, Eamonn Holmes is quitting This Morning after 15 years to host on GB News next year.
And Josie told viewers “Social media can be a dark place but yesterday I was showered with love and there are some really lovely, good people about. It’s really embarrassing but I did have a good cry for about half-an-hour.
She continued, “It was a really big thing to be sat here with you yesterday and to have all those lovely messages, I can’t thank you guys at home enough.”
Holly was also forced to take time off suddenly earlier this year was because her children were suffering from COVID-19 symptoms, although they later tested negative for the virus.
The TV star took to Instagram to explain.
She said, ‘Just wanted to say thank you for all your kind messages.. over the last few days two of our children were unwell and had symptoms of COVID. In line with government guidelines we were waiting for results of the tests before I could return to work.
‘Couple that with just wanting to look after two poorly children, it meant having two aways away from @thismorning. I chose not to alert everyone to this because my focus was on looking after them… thankfully all tests came back negative and everybody’s feeling much better.’
How long is Holly off This Morning for?
It is not known how long Holly will be off This Morning for as she is unwell, so she could be back as early as tomorrow or it could run into next week.
When is Holly Willoughby back on This Morning?
It’s thought that Holly Willoughby will return to host This Morning with Phillip Schofield tomorrow unless she is still feeling unwell.
Phillip had a message for Holly he said, “We hope you’re alright. I’ll text you later… We’ll hopefully see you tomorrow.”
Friday’s show will most likely be hosted by Alison and Dermot as usual.