Holly Willoughby shared a cryptic post less than a week after her “very strategic” return to This Morning during the Phillip Schofield scandal.
The TV presenter, 42, took to her Gwyneth Paltrow-style wellness brand Wylde Moon‘s account on Instagram on Sunday when she asked her 180,000 followers if coincidences were “secret messages from the universe.”
Holly distanced herself from former co-host Schofield, 61, on her return to ITV after he was ousted from This Morning last month and admitted lying about dating a younger male colleague.
Alongside her latest social post, Holly wrote, “We all love a ‘Sliding Doors’ moment, but are meaningful coincidences really a sign of beautiful serendipity that have greater significance than seemingly ‘random’ chance?”.
MailOnline has reached out to Holly’s representatives for comment.
Cryptic: Holly Willoughby, 42, shared a cryptic message less than a week after her ‘highly strategic’ return to This Morning amid the Phillip Schofield scandal
Scandal: Holly distanced herself from former co-host Schofield, 61, after he was expelled from This Morning last month and admitted to lying about dating a younger male colleague
It comes after Amanda Holden denied reports that she is involved in a feud with Holly — after appearing to scoff at her return to This Morning.
In a lengthy statement posted to her Instagram pageAmanda, 52, addressed reports that she and Holly have been competing for several jobs.
“Unfortunately, strong and intelligent women have been at odds for far too long when we should all be celebrated in our own way,” Amanda wrote.
“Women are still expected to say nothing, suffer in silence and just carry on. And we do… usually.
Reports emerged on Wednesday that the two were involved in a feud, but Amanda has said this is simply not true.
In fact, Amanda was involved in a feud with Holly’s co-star Phillip that started in 2018 when she claimed he sabotaged her chance to fill in for Holly as the host of This Morning.
The Britain’s Got Talent star raised eyebrows this week when she mocked Holly’s return to This Morning in an Instagram video where she mimicked her opening line, “Are you OK?”
Returning to the show for the first time since Schofield’s firing following his fling with a younger male colleague, Holly, 42, asked viewers, “Okay, take a deep breath. First, are you okay? I hope so.’
Cryptic: Holly took to her Gwyneth Paltrow-style wellness brand Wylde Moon’s account on Instagram on Sunday when she asked her 180,000 followers if coincidences were “secret messages from the universe”
Post: Alongside her latest social post, Holly wrote, “We all love a ‘Sliding Doors’ moment, but are meaningful coincidences really a sign of beautiful serendipity that have greater significance than seemingly ‘random’ chance?”
Radiant: The stunner also shared a slew of radiant snaps from her recent family vacation
Amanda posted a video to Instagram of her wearing an angelic white ensemble from Me + Em that resembled the Reiss Holly wore, saying, “Hello, it’s Tuesday. Is everything all right?’
And in case anyone didn’t understand, she had another pop on Holly on the radio.
When she talked about doing the hangover show the day before, co-host Jamie Theakston, 52, asked her how she was feeling.
She said, ‘I came home, went straight to bed with my dog and cat. I got up, cooked the tea and went to bed again at 8 o’clock.
“I did that thing where you wake up at 2 a.m. and you have to talk yourself back to sleep.”
Jamie interjected, “We’re concerned about your well-being,” while speaking to another guest.
Amanda replied, “I’m fine folks, are you all right?” to cluck loudly.
A spokesperson for Amanda told MailOnline: ‘Amanda has always made it clear in the past that she has no issues with Holly. Today’s video has been taken out of context.
Claims: It comes after Amanda Holden denied reports she’s locked in a feud with Holly – after appearing to mock her return to This Morning
Claims: Amanda previously said she believes Phillip sabotaged her chances of filling in on This Morning in 2018 while Holly hosted I’m A Celeb (pictured together in 2012)
Holly’s said in the original statement that it: ‘feels very strange indeed sitting here without Phil and I imagine you may have felt as I did.
“Shaken, alarmed, disappointed, concerned for the well-being of people on all sides of what is going on and full of questions.”
“All of us at This Morning gave our love and support to someone who was not telling the truth, who acted in a way that they felt they should resign from ITV and quit a career they loved. That’s a lot to process.”
She added: “It’s just as hard to see the toll it’s taking on their own mental health. I think what unites us all now is a desire to heal for the health and well-being of all.
“I hope that as we begin this new chapter and return to a place of warmth and magic that the show has in store for all of us, we can find strength in each other.
Amanda previously said she believes Phillip sabotaged her chances of filling in on This Morning in 2018 while Holly was hosting I’m A Celeb.
Rochelle Humes landed the job as presenter while Phillips regular co-host Holly took over hosting duties from Ant McPartlin for I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here.
Similar Image: Holly and Amanda have long been known for their similar sense of style
In a video that resurfaced, Amanda was questioned about her feud with Phil by her Heart Radio co-star, Jamie.
As he tried to approach the subject, Amanda told him, “I got rid of it, Jamie, you have to get rid of it.”
He pressed on and asked, “Maybe you’ve moved on, but I just wanted to know if there’s anything else going on?”
Amanda told Jamie she had tried to contact Phil, but her attempts to arrange a meeting to clear the air were ignored.
She said: ‘I offered to meet him for coffee months ago, he didn’t respond to my text. What can I say?’
“The olive branch was extended?” Jamie asked.
According to The Sun, Amanda is said to have said she felt “abandoned” by her boyfriend Phillip when she found out she didn’t get the position and it went to Rochelle.
She had previously filled in for Holly when the This Morning star took a year off from the show to have her third child, Chester, now seven, in October 2014.
A former TV executive previously told The Sun: “Phillip actively campaigned for Rochelle to get the job, despite Amanda having more experience – and being told privately that she got the gig.”
An ITV spokesperson later stressed that Rochelle’s casting was a decision made by producers, telling MailOnline: “The line-ups of presenters on This Morning change regularly and the final decisions on these line-ups are made by producers and not the presenters.”
They said at the time: ‘Phillip Schofield is a much loved broadcaster and part of the ITV family. He is a consummate professional and highly regarded by ITV. Amanda is also highly regarded as a judge on one of our biggest shows.”
Similar outfit: Holly opened her comeback monologue on This Morning on Monday by asking viewers if they were okay, and was accused of being melodramatic
Shocking: It came after Phillip’s shocking scandal on This Morning. Amanda has been involved in a feud with the presenter since 2018
During their time co-hosting the morning show, Phillip confessed that he found working with Amanda “quite scary at times.”
He told Heat magazine at the time, “Amanda kept me on my toes. She has a faulty edit button and she forgets she’s on television, which is very endearing and funny, but quite scary at times.’
After Phil quit This Morning, Amanda posted a strongman emoji on Instagram in what appeared to be a sign of celebration.
She did not endorse the post as she remained mysterious about its meaning.