Holly Willoughby has been absent from This Morning this week 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 Thursdays for the past 11 years, usually only taking breaks during the school holidays when the duo are replaced by hosts like Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes.
She and Phil had been off over Christmas, and were due to return to the show yesterday morning, but instead, Rochelle Humes was in her place, and has been for the past two days.
This is the second time she’s been mysteriously absent from presenting This Morning, leaving viewers in the lurch at the last minute – and it follows the recent news that Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes have been ‘axed’ from the show after 14 years.
Where is Holly Willoughby? Why fans are concerned she’s not on This Morning
As he opened This Morning with Rochelle Humes sat next to him, rather than Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield revealed the reason for her absence is Holly is purely as she’s “spending a couple of extra days with the family,” following the Christmas break.
The reason Holly was off last month suddenly was because her children were suffering from COVID-19 symptoms, although they tested negative for the deadly 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 was Holly off This Morning for?
Holly and Phil broke up for the Christmas holidays on the 18th December, although they returned for a pre-recorded Christmas Day episode of This Morning.
And, while Phil returned to the show on Monday, Holly didn’t, and she was off Tuesday as well, with Rochelle Humes stepping in both days.
And Phil explained Holly will be returning for the Wednesday episode, so was off for 19 days.
In her first absence, Holly and Phil presented the show as normal on the Monday and Tuesday, but Holly missed Wednesday and Thursday’s show – with Alison Hammond and Davina McCall stepping in for her.
It’s not the first time Davina has stepped in for Holly, after replacing her back in June for a short while.
With ITV offering no explanation for Holly’s absence, fans flocked to Twitter to share their concern for Holly’s whereabouts.
One fan tweeted, “Something is deffo going on second day holly willoughby has missed this morning. (sic)”
Another asked, “Where has Holly been the last 2 mornings?… Why is Phil being so secretive & cagey? Something’s not right, why not just be truthful?”
Holly’s social media didn’t give much away either as the star hadn’t posted anything since she showed off her glorious Christmas-door display on Wednesday.