Why aren’t Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield on This Morning today?

They duo will be returning to screens on Tuesday 19 April

Holly and Phil at an ITV award ceremony
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ITV daytime fans are wondering why aren't Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning today?

The show's usual weekday presenters have been missing from screens since Thursday 31 March, but luckily there's a pool of presenters waiting to take over from the stars, with Josie Gibson, Vernon Kay, Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary having been among the previous contenders. 

It's not the first time Holly and Phil have been missing from the show, as viewers previously asked where is Phillip Schofield when he was self-isolating with Covid, and shortly after Holly Willoughby was missing when she was ill too. But now that both presenters are absent from the show, fans want to know why Holly and Phil aren't on This Morning...

Why aren't Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning?

Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield aren't on This Morning because they are taking a break for the Easter holidays. This means they'll be missing from screens for two weeks, with other presenters standing in for them during this period.

Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary, who already present the show on Fridays, will be taking over hosting duties in the first week, from Monday 4 to Friday 8 April. In the second week of the Easter holidays, Josie Gibson and Vernon Kay will be hosting from Monday 11 to Thursday 14 April.

Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond at a red carpet event

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Alison and Dermot will then be back to host the extra bank holiday shows on Friday 15 April and Monday 18 April, before Holly and Phil return.

The presenters' absence comes after Philip had already been missing from the show the week prior, with Alison Hammond stepping in on Monday and Tuesday, while actor and comedian Joel Dommett filled in as temporary co-host on Wednesday and Thursday.

Fans of the show were impressed with Dommett's appearance, with one Twitter user writing, "Loving @joeldommett with @hollywills today! You gotta give him something permanent @thismorning He’s natural, real & funny #thismorning". 

Another said: "Petition to get @joeldommett a permanent spot on #thismorning - I've not laughed like this at This Morning in a long time! He's fantastic".

As for what Holly and Philip have planned for the time off, neither have shared what they'll be up to during the break - though it's expected both with be spending time with their families for the Easter holidays.

When are Holly and Phil back on This Morning?

Holly and Phil are expected back on This Morning to host the show on Tuesday 19 April, following the end of the Easter holidays and after the bank holiday on Monday 18.

ITV's This Morning is on weekdays from 10am-12.30pm.

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Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is currently a Senior Entertainment Writer for Goodto.com, formerly Senior Entertainment writer for Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life with more than 16 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including celebrity births, weddings, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories from baby names to store closures and product recall warnings. 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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