“I was terrified!” Holly Willoughby Reveals She Almost Quit This Morning Before She Even Started Her Presenting Role Because She Was ‘Afraid Of Looking Stupid’
Holly Willoughby has revealed that she almost left This Morning before even starting her presenting role because she was “terrified of looking stupid.”
The TV star, 40, – who ran the show with Phillip Schofield for 12 years – said she thought some people were wondering if she was right for the job.
Speaking to Sunday’s BAFTA Television Awards, she shared: The Radio Times: ‘When I started, I was terrified.
Honest: Holly Willoughby has revealed that she almost quit presenting this morning before even starting her presenting role because she was ‘terrified of looking stupid’
“I was only comfortable in cooking and fashion – I was so afraid to ask important questions for fear of looking stupid.
“I was quite young and I think some people wondered if I was the right person for the job.”
Holly is still a hugely popular host of the ITV daytime show and supported Phillip when he came out as gay last February.
It comes after it was reported last month that ITV is considering ‘raising’ Holly’s salary if the presenter’s legal battle with her old agents ‘reaches crisis level’.
Icon: The TV star, 40, – who has run the show with Phillip Schofield for 12 years – said she thought some people were wondering if she was right for the job
Holly hired lawyers to take action against the YMU Group after they demanded a percentage of her future earnings, it was reported in February.
Network bosses now fear that Holly will walk away from her This Morning role if she’s forced to pay YMU the estimated 15% sunset commission they’re asking for.
A source told The sun: ‘Holly’s YMU feud has raised serious concerns at ITV as they know how adamant she is that she shouldn’t have to pay them.
They hope the situation can be resolved amicably. But they have agreed as a last resort to raise her salary if it reaches crisis level and they can’t afford to lose her.”
Concerns: Prior to Sunday’s BAFTA Television Awards, she told The Radio Times: ‘When I started, I was terrified’ (pictured with Phillip on the show)
The paper added: “They haven’t talked to Holly about this yet and she would never think of asking for a raise.”
MailOnline has reached out to ITV and Holly’s representatives for comment.
Sunset amenities are commissions collected by agents from a star who is no longer on their list, meaning YMU could get some of her performances on Dancing On Ice and This Morning in the future.
Holly founded her own all-female agency called Roxy last year – and now runs herself.
She would be willing to pay YMU commissions for jobs settled while she was with them, but not if those contracts are renewed, The Sun reports.
The mother of three has been told she could be forced to pay YMU some £10,000 if their bid were successful.
The presenter has hired a team of lawyers – whom she met in February – to ensure that doesn’t happen.
A source told The Sun: “No one wanted this to become legal, but Holly won’t just give her hard-fought millions away without a fight.”
They added: “This is a sad finale to what was once a hugely successful partnership.”
YMU currently represents celebrities, including Willoughby’s This Morning co-star Phillip Schofield.
“But YMU seems unhappy that it was set up on its own and feels entitled to maximize a forfeiture clause to claim commission for contract renewals.”
It was reported that Willoughby was leaving YMU in August.
She is said to have made plans to manage herself within an all-female team as soon as she left the agency – with whom she was together for 13 years.
Pay raise: It comes after it was reported last month that ITV is considering ‘raising’ Holly’s salary as the presenter’s legal battle with her old agents ‘reaches crisis level’