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Holly Willoughby ‘will NOT quit’ This Morning over ‘queue-jumping row’

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‘Distraught’ Holly Willoughby is not going to quit This Morning over the ‘queue skipping row’, sources claimed today – as she and her ‘dumbstruck’ co-star Phillip Schofield battle an escalating public backlash for apparently ‘jumping the road’ to see the Queen lying in state on the Palace of Westminster – but show insiders ‘still fear what future holds’ for the ITV star. 

The ‘devastated’ presenters – who’re reportedly paid as much as £600,000 for hosting the favored daytime show from Mondays to Thursdays, and never Friday – have faced growing fury after images of them appearing to ‘skip the queue’ emerged on Friday while tens of 1000’s of mourners patiently waited for 12 hours at a time to pay their respects to Her Majesty.

Holly was reportedly in floods of tears as she and Phil each begged This Morning bosses to defend them from the following storm – and were furious that ITV sat on their hands before issuing a brief statement defending the pair on Saturday.

A source near Holly told the MailOnline that they ‘spent most of today talking to producers about queue-gate, they’ve assured her that viewer response has not been as bad because the social media fallout.

‘Many show insiders still fear what the long run may hold but bosses appear to have calmed her down from the weekend where she was very upset in regards to the whole thing. The row has only brought her near Philip too.’

Addressing the controversy on today’s episode of This Morning, Miss Willoughby and Mr Schofield doubled down on their claim that that they had not skipped the queue, and as an alternative had entered Westminster Hall of their capability as broadcasters in order that they could display the solemn scenes to viewers who were unable to file past the coffin themselves.

MailOnline exclusively revealed today that panicking bosses at This Morning were frightened that Holly was so distraught by ITV’s failure to act sooner that she might quit.

Nevertheless it has now emerged that Holly is not going to be leaving, with a source telling The Sun: ‘She has been devastated by all of the negative response after she turned as much as work at Westminster Hall with Phil on Friday, but she’s not going to resign. This Morning has been her life for greater than a decade and the one way she’d consider quitting at this stage is that if viewers really didn’t want her there. 

‘She’s tried to present their side of the story on the show today they usually’re each hoping to maneuver on from it now. Bosses know Holly remains to be successful with viewers and are counting on her working her magic on the show for a superb while yet.’

An ITV source said: ‘We absolutely made it clear on the time that it was a part of a broadcast on account of air on Tuesday. This was communicated from the outset, and we gave this information immediately. There have been no crisis discussions or talks about Holly not being a part of This Morning moving forward.’ 

‘Distraught’ Holly Willoughby will reportedly not quit This Morning after she and ‘dumbstruck’ co-presenter Phillip Schofield sparked a large public backlash for ‘skipping the queue’ to see the Queen lying in state 

Flight risk: This Morning bosses are said to be worried that Holly Willoughby could leave the show after she faced a fierce backlash for 'skipping the queue' to see the Queen lie in state

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on ITV’s This Morning 

Hitting back: The presenter, 41, and her co-star Phillip Schofield, 60, addressed the issue on Tuesday's episode of their ITV show, saying that they 'understand the reaction'

Holly and Phil outside the Houses of Parliament. The pair deny ‘skipping the queue’ to see the Queen’s coffin 

The TV stars said they acknowledged the strength of feeling but refused to apologise, claiming they were at the venue to work as broadcasters for the people who couldn't be there themselves

The TV stars said they acknowledged the strength of feeling but refused to apologise, claiming they were on the venue to work as broadcasters for the individuals who couldn’t be there themselves 

Minister reveals around 250,000 paid their respects to the Queen at Westminster Hall 

Around 1 / 4 of 1,000,000 people were in a position to pay their respects to the Queen lying in state – lower than the 400,000 some had estimated.

Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan gave the figure after the previous monarch was laid to rest in an emotional day of pomp and ceremony yesterday.

Nonetheless, it immediately sparked questions on the arrangements for the Westminster Hall tributes.

The Parliament website says 320,000 people viewed Winston Churchill’s coffin at his lying in state in 1965, which lasted for 3 days somewhat than 4 and a half this time. Some 300,000 are said to have paid respects to George VI in 1952.

Sources pointed to airport-style security requirements as one factor, and in addition suggested the tally – which has yet to be finalised – was way more ‘robust’ than for previous events.

One source told MailOnline that historical estimates must be treated with a ‘pinch of salt’. ‘It seems there was a never-ending ratchet by previous Black Rods to want each number to extend each time there may be a lying in state,’ they said.

Ms Donelan described the queue for Westminster Hall as ‘phenomenal’, as she paid tribute to the volunteers who helped manage and support the proceedings of recent days, including the lying-in-state.

She told Sky News ‘greater than 250,000’ viewed the coffin but officials were still ‘crunching the ultimate numbers’.

Ms Donelan told BBC Breakfast: ‘There isn’t any dress rehearsal is there for this sort of scenario. It has been within the plans for years, but obviously we stress-tested every little thing and worked with community groups.’

Ms Donelan said that almost all British people would see the associated fee of the Queen’s funeral as ‘money well spent’, but couldn’t put a figure on what that cost is perhaps.

Pressed on Sky News about the associated fee of the funeral, she said: ‘I’m undecided of the precise costings but as I say, I feel the British public would argue that that was money well spent.

‘You saw so many 1000’s on the market and I do not think anybody can suggest that our late monarch didn’t deserve that send-off, given the duty and the selfless service that she committed to over 70 years.’

She said it might be ‘downright preposterous’ to suggest otherwise.

‘It was great sense of the community coming together. I at all times consider our late monarch because the glue that brought society together,’ she added.

MailOnline understands that the pair personally insisted that fiasco be addressed initially of the show and consider ITV shouldn’t have waited so long to talk out on the matter – spending the weekend ‘locked in talks’ with TV producers. A source revealed: ‘Philip and Holly are dumbstruck at the extent of anger they’ve received previously few days. They felt ITV must have made it clearer, immediately, that it was a part of a broadcast.’

But comparisons were quickly made to other celebrities who queued for hours with most of the people – including England football legend David Beckham and even Holly and Phil’s ITV colleague Susanna Reid, from news show Good Morning Britain. 

Greater than 22,000 people have signed a petition demand that Holly and Phil be sacked from ITV. 

It was revealed today that around 250,000 people paid their respects in person to the Queen by seeing her coffin – with all of them having to queue for hours. Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan gave the figure the morning after the nation’s longest-reigning monarch was buried at Windsor Castle.

Speaking of the anger directed at Holly and Phil, the insider continued: ‘After they began being bombarded with messages via social media they were simply stunned. They have been left astonished at the way in which the entire thing has mushroomed.

‘That is the predominant reason they wanted something to be said on Saturday [when This Morning issued a statement] and why they were insistent the show needed to handle it head on on Tuesday.

‘Holly, specifically, has been left totally distraught by this. She’s been in floods of tears at a few of the things she’s been called and of the behaviour she’s been accused of. 

‘She’d never jump a queue or behave in that way and is heartbroken that individuals think she would. 

‘Producers and staff at This Morning are rallying round. They’re a detailed knit team but there may be a priority at the way it has impacted on Holly and has left many wondering if it’s pushed her near the exit.’

An ITV source told MailOnline: ‘We absolutely made it clear that it was a part of a broadcast on account of air on Tuesday, from the outset.’

ITV declined to comment when approached by MailOnline. Holly and Phillip’s representatives haven’t immediately responded to requests for comment.   

Clips last week showed Holly and Phil walking through Westminster Hall last week as around 250,000 people waited to bid a final farewell to the Queen – many waiting as much as 24 hours for the chance.

Suggestions that the This Morning hosts were in a position to jump the queue sparked outrage on social media.

A Twitter user wrote: ‘So Phil and Holly got a quick track to the coffin and did not have the common decency to queue together with many elderly or British residents and even David Beckham. They need to feel embarrassed and ashamed, it is not Alton Towers.’

One other said: ‘Holly and Phil. Hang your heads in shame. Totally disgusted in you ‘queue jumping’ no excuse for it in anyway.’

The hashtag #thismourning was also trending on Twitter, in addition to Schofield’s advert slogan ‘We buy any automotive.com’ being modified to ‘we jump any queue.com’.

Nonetheless, in the primary episode of the show since then, Holly and Phil strongly denied the claims, and said that they had been in Westminster Hall to work.

They said: ‘Like a whole bunch of accredited broadcasters and journalists we got official permission to access the hall.

‘It was strictly for the aim of reporting on the event for tens of millions of individuals within the UK who haven’t been in a position to visit Westminster in person.

‘The foundations were that we could be quickly escorted around the perimeters to a platform on the back.

‘In contrast, those paying respect walked along a carpeted area beside the coffin and got time to pause.

‘Not one of the broadcasters and journalists there took anyone’s place within the queue and nobody filed past the Queen. We in fact respected those rules.

Schofield and Willoughby are seen in a video posted on TikTok leaving Westminster Hall after they carried out filming and were accused of jumping the queue

Schofield and Willoughby are seen in a video posted on TikTok leaving Westminster Hall after they carried out filming and were accused of jumping the queue

This Morning viewers took to social media to vent their fury over Holly and Phil's response to the controversy

This Morning viewers took to social media to vent their fury over Holly and Phil’s response to the controversy 

‘Nonetheless, we realise that it can have looked like something else, and subsequently totally understand the response. Please know that we’d never jump a queue.’

Viewers have reacted angrily to Holly and Phil’s ‘so-called explanation’ of seeing the Queen lie in state without having to attend in line, with many accusing them of ‘disrespectful behaviour.’

One viewer said: ‘I’m afraid that so-called explanation was way off the mark.

‘At the tip of the day, Holly and Phil got to see, experience and feel that atmosphere and moment, all with the privilege of no queue. Us Brits are all about fairness. This wasn’t.’

One other added: ‘You’re NOT journalists and your excuse for being allowed in didn’t get up.

One This Morning viewer was even stronger of their condemnation, saying: ‘Absolutely disgusting. Tuned in for the last time today to present them each the chance to be honest and apologise to the viewers for considering they’re more necessary.

‘As a substitute they decided to maintain going with the lies and disrespectful behaviour.

‘You claimed you were reporting for the world when it was literally on every channel. Just apologise, hold your hands up and say you were incorrect.’

Holly and Phil’s response also led to renewed calls for them to be faraway from This Morning.

One viewer said online: ‘Really think I TV should think seriously about sacking Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

‘They’re tone deaf to people’s feelings and sensitivities considering they’ll arrogantly laugh things off.’

New direction: The mother-of-three - who is married to TV producer Dan Baldwin - has also branched out of TV with her wellness brand Wylde Moon, which she launched last year

Recent direction: The mother-of-three – who’s married to TV producer Dan Baldwin – has also branched out of TV along with her wellness brand Wylde Moon, which she launched last yr

It was 2002, when he was 40, that Schofield finally hit the large time after This Morning presenter John Leslie was sacked. Schofield, who had been on the rota of presenters who filled in on Fridays, was given the job full-time.

Fern Britton was already within the chair, and viewers were convinced that that they had natural chemistry. She appeared, if anything, to be the senior figure on the show. 

Nonetheless in March 2009 she surprised many by announcing she could be moving on in an effort to spend time along with her family.

It turned out that much angst had been generated by the actual fact Phillip was being paid 3 times as much as her — she was on £700,000 a yr for presenting the show, while Schofield was being paid a colossal combined sum of £2 million a yr, for fronting This Morning, Dancing on Ice and All Star Mr & Mrs.

Fern was said to have been particularly offended when she discovered Schofield was paid £45,000 for All Star Mr & Mrs — while she was paid just £15,000.

The appointment of Holly as Fern’s substitute was, reportedly, at his suggestion. He had enjoyed working along with her on Dancing On Ice. 

The pair have turn out to be one in all the nation’s hottest TV double acts since then, with This Morning winning a bunch of awards. 

Phil’s rise to stardom began along with his stints presenting kid’s TV shows, resembling Going Live!, which ran on Saturday mornings between 1987 and 1993. 

He made the jump to television for adults with programmes resembling Schofield’s Quest and Schofield’s TV Gold, in addition to Ten Ball. 

Holly’s own path to stardom also began in kid’s TV, along with her first presenting stint coming on the show Xchange. She also fronted CBBC on the Fame Academy. 

In 2006 she was chosen to present Dancing On Ice with Phil, which further raised her profile before she got the role on This Morning.  

The creator of last week’s petition lashed out on the TV stars for being ‘in a position to push past 1000’s [in the queue] and get immediate access.’

In addition they claimed ‘ITV needs to be ashamed of exploiting the situation.’

Footballing legend David Beckham turned down the choice to skip the queue to face in line for 13 hours to see the Queen.

Fellow ITV host Susannah Reid also declined the choice of a ‘fast track’ and selected to attend in line late into the night to achieve Westminster Hall.

While the Queen was lying in state, others were in a position to jump the large queue which stretched across London and will even be seen from space.

The 650 MPs were permitted to leap ahead of the queue, in addition to members of the House of Lords. 

Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg was seen accompanied by three of his young children last week using the ‘fast track’ system, as was former prime minister Theresa May and deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner.

When the queue jumping claims first emerged, social media users took to Twitter to slam Holly and Phil. One wrote: 'So Phil and Holly got a fast track to the coffin and didn't have the common decency to queue along with many elderly or British citizens or even David Beckham. They should feel embarrassed and ashamed, it's not Alton Towers'

When the queue jumping claims first emerged, social media users took to Twitter to slam Holly and Phil. One wrote: ‘So Phil and Holly got a quick track to the coffin and did not have the common decency to queue together with many elderly or British residents and even David Beckham. They need to feel embarrassed and ashamed, it is not Alton Towers’

Speaking out: On Saturday, This Morning bosses denied show hosts Holly and Phillip had 'VIP access' and filed 'past the Queen lying in state'

Speaking out: On Saturday, This Morning bosses denied show hosts Holly and Phillip had ‘VIP access’ and filed ‘past the Queen lying in state’ 

Some parliamentary staff were also permitted to beat the crowds. Nonetheless, it was identified that cleaners and security guards who work in Parliament had been told to queue as they’re employed by contractors.

The House of Commons said priority lay with the general public. In an announcement, it said: ‘It shouldn’t be possible to open up further access (for staffers) without the chance of impacting access for queueing members of the general public.’

Former This Morning co-star Eamonn Holmes goals dig at Holly and Phil over queue-jumping claims 

Eamonn Holmes made a savage dig at Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby after it was claimed they jumped the queue at Westminster Hall in London last week to film a segment for This Morning while the late Queen lie in state.

With reports the five-mile long queue of members of the general public waiting to view the monarch’s coffin had been closed for six hours on Friday, boosting the wait time to ‘at the very least 14 hours’, the TV duo were said to have joined a separate line and were taken right into a press gallery to film for Tuesday’s instalment of the ITV show.

During an appearance on GB News this week, Eamonn, 62 – who has made no secret of his ongoing feud with Phillip after he and his wife Ruth Langsford were axed from presenting This Morning on Friday – made a joke about Phil and Holly in reference to their alleged queue-jumping.

Eamonn’s GB News co-host Isabel Webster, 39, introduced a guest, saying: ‘[They] suffered that queue they usually weren’t of any insignificant age, we’ll be talking to them after this.’

Jumping at the chance to criticise Phil and Holly, Eamonn chimed in: ‘What, Holly and Phillip?’  

Royal sources told the Mail that the 1,200 plus royal staff who worked for the Queen, a lot of whom who’ve been on duty since she died, would have appreciated the prospect to pay their respects. 

ITV earlier insisted Holly and Phil were filming in Westminster Hall and that a segment of them there could be shown on this Tuesday’s programme.

The channel also confirmed that the pair filmed mourners queuing to pay their respects before and after they entered the VIP entrance – but at no point joined them.

On Saturday evening, ITV bosses bosses posted an announcement on Instagram which denied the pair had received special treatment: ‘Hello everyone, we would love to make clear something,’ it read.

‘We asked Phillip and Holly to be a part of a movie for this Tuesday’s programme.

‘They didn’t jump the queue, have VIP access or file past the Queen lying in state – but as an alternative were there in knowledgeable capability as a part of the world’s media to report on the event.’

Television insiders have since voiced surprise at why This Morning would screen a report from the Queen’s lying-in-state at Westminster Hall a day after her funeral and burial takes place, making it old news by Tuesday.

ITV responded by saying that the pair – who’ve personal assistants and a giant production team – didn’t send their requests for accreditation in time to go any earlier.

Holly and Phillip’s ‘queue jumping’ scandal comes hot on the heels of yet one more This Morning blunder, when viewers were left aghast after they introduced a latest twist to its popular Spin to Win game.  

They revealed that the favored wheel-turning game had a latest prize, where the show would cover winning players’ energy bills until the tip of the yr.

The sport, which is a frequent fixture of the show, sees Phil spinning the wheel for the players on the phone. The wheel will stop on their prize, which normally includes lump sums from between £1,000 and £3,000.

Yet viewers were divided over the show’s offer to cover 4 months of energy bills, calling the move ‘dystopian,’ and a mirrored image of the ‘dire state’ of the associated fee of living crisis.

The next day, the pair announced that they had modified the prize to ‘household bills’ with Phillip addressing the criticism by scoffing: ‘I’m wondering how much of that they’ll complain about online.’ 

After yet more backlash the sport was eventually reverted to supply monetary prizes only once more. 

Inappropriate: Holly and Phillip's 'queue jumping' scandal comes hot on the heels of yet another This Morning blunder, when introduced a new twist to its popular Spin to Win game

Inappropriate: Holly and Phillip’s ‘queue jumping’ scandal comes hot on the heels of yet one more This Morning blunder, when introduced a latest twist to its popular Spin to Win game

A source revealed: 'Philip and Holly are dumbstruck at the level of anger they've received in the past few days. They felt ITV should have made it clearer, right away'

A source revealed: ‘Philip and Holly are dumbstruck at the extent of anger they’ve received previously few days. They felt ITV must have made it clearer, immediately’

Familiar face: Holly is currently contracted to stay on the ITV show until 2023, which would mean she's been anchor on the programme for 14 years

Familiar face: Holly is currently contracted to remain on the ITV show until 2023, which might mean she’s been anchor on the programme for 14 years

In demand: BBC bosses have been keen to take Holly away from ITV. Her recent show, Freeze The Fear With Wim Hof, was so popular it has already agreed to commission a second series

In demand: BBC bosses have been keen to take Holly away from ITV. Her recent show, Freeze The Fear With Wim Hof, was so popular it has already agreed to commission a second series

Fears that Holly is considering leaving This Morning come as she is being wooed by BBC bosses to front a series of reality shows for the corporation. 

Holly is currently contracted to remain on the ITV show until 2023, which might mean she’s been anchor on the programme for 14 years. 

Last month, The Mail On Sunday revealed that Holly Willoughby has been offered a big-money deal by the BBC to host its new edition of the long-lasting show Gladiators. 

The unique Gladiators was hosted by former model Ulrika Jonsson and the ex-footballer John Fashanu, together with referee John Anderson. 

BBC bosses have been keen to take Holly away from ITV and have her to themselves to draw big audiences.  

Holly’s recent BBC reality show, Freeze The Fear With Wim Hof, was so popular it has already agreed to commission a second series, which she’s going to host again alongside former cricketer Freddie Flintoff.

The mother-of-three – who’s married to TV producer Dan Baldwin – has also branched out of TV along with her wellness brand Wylde Moon, which she launched last yr. 

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