Holly Willoughby in thinly-veiled dig at Phillip Schofield as This Morning booed at NTAs

Holly Willoughby

Holly Willoughby steps out at the NTAs 2023

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 06/09/2023

- 09:36

The ITV show had a rather a disappointing evening at last night's National Television Awards

Holly Willoughby appeared to take a swipe at her former This Morning co-host on the NTAs red carpet last night.

Schofield, 61, sensationally unfollowed Willoughby, 42, on social media just hours before the awards do.

The duo's reported feud has stemmed from Schofield's ITV exit in which he admitted to lying to Willoughby and bosses about a relationship with a young runner.

Schofield even told the BBC he'd text Willoughby after he released his statement and left the network but she hadn't texted him back.

Now, Willoughby has tried to distance herself further from Schofield by describing this past year as "up and down".

"If I am really honest, it has been up and down," she told The Sun. "It has been a difficult year for everybody.

"But what’s lovely is you find that people rally around you and the goodwill is there," Willoughby added, referring to those who supported her during the tumultuous 12 months.

Seemingly indicating she wants to ditch her connection to Schofield altogether, she added: "People want things to move on. It feels different."

Schofield's departure from ITV opened the floodgates for waves of allegations and accusations to be lodged against the show and its hosts.

Just months after Willoughby and Schofield angered the nation thanks to "queue-gate", they faced allegations of harbouring a "toxic" work environment by former staff members.

Holly Willoughby This Morning

Holly Willoughby addressed Schofield's exit on her This Morning return with her famous 'Are you okay?' monologue


Willoughby went on to anger ITV viewers further with some branding her "patronising" after she returned to the ITV show and delivered her now-famous "Are you okay? I hope so," monologue.

On Tuesday, This Morning still managed to bag a nomination in the Best Daytime Show category.

Willoughby missed out on a nod for an individual award but her co-star Alison Hammond was up for Best Presenter.

The daytime staple missed out on both awards with The Repair Shop and Ant and Dec bagging the awards in the respective categories.

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby used to regularly feature at the NTAs


Former This Morning host and now GB News presenter Eamonn Holmes weighed in with his thoughts on the ordeal on Wednesday's Breakfast.

Eamonn joked that amid the chorus of boos from the crowd, they were also chanting: "Bring back Eamonn!"

He also cheekily remarked about Schofield unfollowing Willoughby across his social media channels: "I wonder why!"

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