Is Holly Willoughby leaving This Morning?

11 July 2023, 14:41

Holly Willoughby presenting This Morning with Dermot O'Leary wearing a green printed dress
Holly Willoughby has been absent from This Morning. Picture: This Morning Instagram/Alamy

What's happened to Holly Willoughby? And why is she not on This Morning? Here's everything you need to know about the presenter and whether she's quit or not.

This Morning has had a turbulent few months following the Phillip Schofield scandal which saw his shock exit following his confession of an affair.

At the time, Holly Willoughby took an extended break from the morning ITV show and now, months later, the mum-of-three has taken another break leaving viewers searching for answers as to whether she's left This Morning.

With Holly noticeably missing from the show, fans have been watching Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond take control delivering celebrity interviews, news, beauty and much more.

But where is Holly Willoughby and has she quit This Morning? Here's what we know.

Holly Willoughby smiling into the camera wearing a blue and pink floral dress
Holly Willoughby has been noticeably absent from the This Morning sofa. Picture: This Morning/Instagram

Where is Holly Willoughby and why is she not on This Morning?

Alison and Dermot – who usually present on Fridays – are fronting This Morning while Holly takes her usual summer break from the show.

Typically, the Wylde Moon CEO takes school holidays off so she can be with her three kids, Harry, Chester and Belle.

Holly is likely to be back on the famous sofa in September where she will be joined by co-hosts including Alison, Dermot, Craig Doyle and Josie Gibson.

Both Alison and Dermot will take over the Monday-Thursday slot while Holly is away.

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Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary smiling for a picture on the set of This Morning
Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary will be filling in for Holly Willoughby over the summer. Picture: This Morning/Instagram

Is Holly Willoughby quitting This Morning?

As it stands, Holly is very much still a member of the This Morning family with no plans to quit.

Holly's regular presenting duties on the show were questioned earlier this year when reports surfaced of her feud with long-term friend Phillip Schofield.

Phil publicly quit This Morning after news of his affair broke, where he then did a public BBC interview stating he hadn't heard from Holly since he left.

Following Phillip’s shock exit, Holly shared her own statement on an Instagram story and said: "Hi everyone... It's been over 13 great years presenting This Morning with Phil and I want to take this opportunity to thank him for all of his knowledge, his experience and his humour. This sofa won't feel the same without him."

Holly Willoughby shared a statement about Phillip
Holly Willoughby shared a statement about Phillip Schofield following his affair news. Picture: Instagram

Following Phil's affair confession Holly added: "It's taken time to process yesterday's news. When reports of this relationship first surfaced, I asked Phil directly if this was true and was told it was not. It's been very hurtful to now find out that this was a lie. Holly."

Holly was also surrounded by controversy, and calls for her to quit, in September 2022, when her and Phil were accused of skipping the 14 hour queue to see her lying in state.

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