Feuding Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield returned to This Morning today – as insiders described Phil as a “shell of herself” and Holly shared how she looked forward to “a future full of joy, love and endless possibilities.”
The pair, who are embroiled in one of television’s biggest blowups, have not addressed their split on air, but insiders have claimed it has left Phil ‘increasingly withdrawn’ on set.
“He seems dejected and spends a lot of time in his dressing room. We’re worried about him,” ohno source told The mirror.
Meanwhile, Holly was in a reflective mood in her latest Monday newsletter to subscribers of her wellness brand Wylde Moon, where she revealed she’d gotten some advice from a friend.
“The older I get, the more I realize how daunting the concept of the passage of time can be,” she mused. ‘I can always remember my grandma saying things like ‘wait until you get to my age…then it really starts to fly by’ – and now I really get it.
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield appear in a preview for This Morning today
Holly mimics a gun as she and Phil introduce a snippet about James Bond
“If this resonates with you, I’d like to share with you some advice that one of my friends gave me when we were discussing this very subject.
“She told me that instead of worrying about how fast things are going, we should look at things differently and realize that with every moment (big or small) that passes, we are creating a future full of joy, love and endless possibilities.’
Holly and Phil, who are embroiled in one of television’s biggest blowups, didn’t talk about their split when they returned to This Morning yesterday, but viewers described them as “awkward” and “embarrassing.”
Today, a source suggested that public skepticism about the couple’s attempt to put up a united front could force ITV bosses to make a ‘tough decision’.
“This Morning’s relationship with its viewers is built on trust, and they need to believe that Holly and Phil’s friendship, and what they’re watching, is real,” the source said. The mirror.
The insider suggested that if this was no longer believed, ITV could be forced to replace Phil with someone else.
In her newsletter, Holly urged fans to try to look at the positive sides of life.
She wrote, “If we can remember to think about how lucky we are to make all these memories, the passage of time can feel very positive. It’s kind of like that old saying, “Time is a luxury valued by the wise.”
Holly continued by revealing that she was inspired by this week’s “magnificent new moon,” which heralded a period of rejuvenation.
“It’s the perfect time to establish new affirmations, create vision boards, and put your focus on manifesting your goals.
“Let the creative energy flow within you and stretch your imagination to embrace its most extravagant dreams.”
Holly and Phil were back on screen for the first time since news of their feud broke on Monday, but couldn’t comment on claims their relationship is on the verge of breaking up and they barely speak off camera.
Phil is trying to put an end to the ongoing feud after it emerged he had brought in his own lawyers over the argument with his co-host, sources have revealed. He has also hired a new PR man to improve his press coverage.
Senior figures at ITV called a crisis meeting yesterday after a flurry of negative feedback on social media about yesterday’s show.
Writing in her latest newsletter for subscribers to her wellness brand Wylde Moon, Holly was in a reflective mood when she revealed she’d been given some advice
Message: Alongside photos of herself at home with her dog, Holly wrote, “We are creating a future full of joy, love and endless possibilities”
After seeing the reaction on Twitter, with viewers watching both Ms Willoughby, 42, and Schofield, 61, the ITV bosses are pondering what to do next.
A source told the Daily Mail: ‘Social media is used as a barometer to see what the public thinks. Those responsible were under no illusions that it was a total disaster.
It was painful for the This Morning team to work on it and just as painful for them to watch.
‘There was a meeting afterwards to discuss how things were going, that had been going on for a while. Honestly, everyone was so relieved it was over, but even if the show goes on for a while, it’s going to be a huge headache.”
One viewer posted, “Phillip Schofield thinks he can fool us with this fake nice ‘all’s well’ act when Holly looks visibly uncomfortable being there.”
Another said, ‘How fake is this? Wow, I couldn’t trust these two actors.’
A third wrote: “This is cringe. It feels uncomfortable to know that these two people don’t get along. Fake friends.’
Adding to the theme, one fan commented, ‘Well this is awkward! All a bit dead behind the eyes with fake smiles.’
Sources close to the couple insist the program will continue to run smoothly, despite the behind-the-scenes feud.
Broadcaster bosses were reportedly furious after Phil broke his silence on Thursday night with a shocking statement about the row with his co-presenter of 14 years admitting ‘the past few weeks have not been easy for us’.
Despite this, Phil believes he can weather the ongoing storm, but even those closest to him have said it has to do with whether the public believes the pair still have on-screen chemistry.
Phillip was seen leaving his west London home on his way to work for his show yesterday
Sources at the broadcaster described the situation as a “dilemma” for the bosses, as both former friends were determined to get their way.
Phil has consulted lawyers about the situation, which has been spiraling out of control for months.
The Daily Mail revealed this weekend that he has also hired Gordon Smart, a former Sun showbiz columnist and occasional Good Morning Britain presenter, to manage the crisis and ensure favorable press coverage.
It’s a clear sign, sources say, that he’s “taking this very seriously” and “wants to get out of the situation quickly.”
The feud began in September when the pair faced criticism for not lining up for the Queen’s Lying in State.
It’s gotten so bad that it’s said they stop talking when the cameras stop rolling. Holly has now severed all ties with Phil except for her obligations to This Morning.