Holly Willoughby QUITS This Morning after 14 years
Holly Willoughby has announced she is quitting This Morning after 14 years.
The TV presenter this evening posted a statement to social media, saying she would be stepping down from the ITV daytime show.
She wrote to her followers: “I have let ITV know today that after 14 years, I will not be returning to This Morning.
“To everyone who has ever worked on the show over the years, thank you so so much. This is such a difficult goodbye, you are incredible and I forever will be proud of what we’ve done together.
“Thank you to everyone at ITV for being supportive. To every guest who has sat on our sofa, thank you. Most of all, thank you to the wonderful viewers. You’ve been so loyal, so supportive and the very best company every day.
“Richard and Judy said we only look after this show, it will always belong to the viewers’. It’s been an honour to just be part of it’s story and I know this story has many chapters left to go. Sadly, however, I now feel I have to make this decision for me and my family.
“I will miss you all so much.”
In a statement, ITV boss Kevin Lygo said: “We are sad that Holly is leaving This Morning, but respect her decision which we know will have been extremely difficult for her to make.
“Holly is one of the best loved, respected and most accomplished broadcasters in the UK. She has been at the heart of This Morning for the past 14 years, and she is adored by our viewers.
“Holly has brought her unique brand of warmth, energy, humour and fun to one of the country’s most popular daytime shows, and everyone on the programme will miss her enormously.
“She remains a much loved member of the ITV family and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.”
Holly hasn’t been on the show since last Thursday after a man was charged over an alleged plot to kidnap the presenter.
Her now permanent departure comes less than a year after Phillip Schofield dramatically quit the show.
This Morning, which airs weekdays from 10AM on ITV1 and ITVX, is currently fronted by a rotating line up of guest hosts including Alison Hammond, Dermot O’Leary, Josie Gibson and Ben Shephard.