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

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield
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ITV daytime (opens in new tab) fans are wondering why aren't Holly Willoughby (opens in new tab) and Phillip Schofield (opens in new tab) on This Morning today?

Holly and Phil haven't hosted This Morning together for a couple of weeks now, leaving Phil and Rochelle Humes to hold down the fort.

Normally there is a pool of presenters waiting to take over from either star when they are off with Josie Gibson (opens in new tab), Vernon Kay, Alison Hammond (opens in new tab) and Dermot O'Leary having been among the previous contenders.

But this week, both Holly and Phillip are missing from ITV screens.

Fans asked where is Phillip Schofield? (opens in new tab) on Tuesday and earlier this week viewers wondered where is Holly Willoughby (opens in new tab) and why is she not on This Morning?

And fans are now wondering why Holly and Phil aren't back on TV this week, with Alison and Rochelle standing in...

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

Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield aren't on This Morning because Holly is busy filming another show (opens in new tab) - reality TV series called ‘Wim Hof’s Superstar Survival’ and Phil is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus.

Phil told his Instagram followers on Monday night that he had tested positive, he posted the results of his lateral flow test on Instagram, writing, “Well b******s.” and added, “Currently just a slightly sore throat.”

And his condition seemed to have improved overnight but government regulations mean that he still has to isolate for five days.

Speaking from his home via videolink on This Morning, Phil explained, "I'm fine, I haven't even got a sore throat now. I've sneezed twice and that's it. I've got a slight temperature but that's about it and I've worn Gok's sweatshirt...what can you do, this is not what I expected."

Rochelle revealed that she has tested negative, despite presenting alongside Phil for the last two weeks.

Phil expressed his disappointment at being off work. He explained, "There are a number of things I'm disappointed about, we're a little bit worried about Dancing on Ice because I'm cutting it a little bit fine for Sunday and then I'm going to miss Gok's dumplings which I'm gutted about and then yesterday we had the most bizarre conversation because we have that lovely Chinese lady who is going to do some Chinese medicine and use pictures of our tongues so she could tailor-make medicine for us."

But Rochelle offered to get his notes for him.

Alison Hammond joked that "Every cloud is a silver lining" as she reassured Phil, "I'm here darling, I'm going to hold the fort and eat your dumplings and see if my tongue can get tested."

Phillip joked, "Twitter is now going to be alight with thousands of people saying thank God he's off they are so much better."

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One fan tweeted, '@thismorning @Schofe is missing @hollywills as we all are'

Another viewer wrote, 'Aww get well soon philip.' (sic)

And a third put, 'So happy these two beautiful women are presenting together today, no offence but Phil always interrupting & thinking it’s all”me me me”is a pain, bet you had to drag him out!'

The TV presenters came under fire earlier this year for getting a good amount of holiday time off from filming the show - and these tend to be centered around the school holidays. Despite many schools returning this week (opens in new tab), Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were still off mid-January.

Holly and Phil hosted a special pre-recorded Christmas Day special which was aired on 25th December, so it could be likely that ITV bosses have decided to give them an extended break.

Holly Willoughby was missing from screens back in November (opens in new tab) and now fans are missing her presence to cheer them up through the January blues.

One fan tweeted, 'So disappointing to find out with 20 minutes until showtime that Holly and Phil aren’t back on @thismorning until next week.'

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When are Holly and Phil back on This Morning?

Holly and Phil are expected back on This Morning to host the show on 7th February 2022. That is providing Phil can produce two negative lateral flow tests and Holly is finished filming her reality TV show.

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

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.