Phillip Schofield insists he's still 'best friends' with Holly Willoughby

Phillip Schofield insists he's still 'best friends' with Holly Willoughby


Phillip Schofield has broken his silence on claims he’s ‘barely speaking’ to This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby.

It was reported earlier this week that the Dancing On Ice presenters are not on good terms behind-the-scenes, amid a dwindling relationship.

Holly, 42, and Phil, 61, began presenting the ITV daytime programme together in 2009, and have gone on to hold a professional relationship on our screens for 14 years.

And Phil insists they’re still best friends.

After reports that they’re ‘not as close as they once were’, and that their ‘banter and camaraderie off camera has dwindled’, he’s now responded.

Phil said: ‘As I have said before, Holly is my rock.

‘We’re the best of friends — as always, she is an incredible support on screen, behind the scenes and on the phone.’

He continued to The Sun: ‘Holly has always been there for me, through thick and thin. And I’ve been there for her.

‘The last few weeks haven’t been easy for either of us.’

Recent weeks have seen Holly suffering from shingles, while the likes of Alison Hammond and Rochelle Humes were called in as a replacement.

Meanwhile, Joel Dommett took Phil’s seat when he was on leave from the show, as his brother Timothy Schofield was on trial in a sexual abuse case.

Schofield was found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy over a period of three years, having been charged with 11 sexual offences involving a child between October 2016 and October 2019 – including two of sexual activity with a child.

Following the guilty verdict, Phil issued a statement and said he ‘no longer’ has a brother.

At the time, a source told Mail Online: ‘Holly is loyal to Phil and she will always be there for him.’

‘And she will always be there for This Morning too. She sees it as her role to keep things going.’

The pair’s reported behind-the-scenes feud comes after their scandal last year in which they were accused of ‘skipping’ the queue to see the Queen’s coffin lying in state.

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They later addressed the backlash in a statement and stressed they had ‘respected’ the rules set for the media.

Despite criticism from celebrities and fans alike, they went on to win a National Television Award, after addressing the outrage on This Morning.

Holly said over a clip featuring footage of their visit: ‘The rules were that we would be quickly escorted around the edges to a platform at the back. In contrast, those paying their respects walked along a carpeted area beside the coffin and were given time to pause.

‘None of the journalists and broadcasters there took anyone’s place in the queue and no one filed past the Queen.’

She continued: ‘We, of course, respected those rules, however, we realise that it may have looked like something else and therefore totally understand the reaction. Please know that we would never jump a queue.’

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV1.

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