Holly Willoughby’s This Morning colleagues have rallied behind her as she announced she has quit the ITV show with immediate effect.
The TV star, 42, confirmed on Instagram on Tuesday that she ‘will not be returning’ to the show, days after an alleged plot to kidnap and kill her was foiled.
She said it was an “honor to be part of the story,” but that she feels “I have to make this decision for me and my family.”
Holly’s Instagram post was flooded with supportive comments from her This Morning co-stars.
Alison Hammond, who has presented alongside Holly since Phillip Schofield resigned earlier this year, said ‘this is a very sad day’ but reiterated her love for the presenter.
‘Sad day’: Holly Willoughby’s This Morning colleagues have rallied behind her as she announced she has quit the ITV show with immediate effect
Another presenter of the show, Rochelle Humes, wrote: ‘This is a sad day ❤️ We love you x’
Regular contributor Vanessa Feltz added, “We will miss you dearly, my love.”
Juliet Sear, TV chef and baking expert, said she was ‘sad’ to see Holly leave, but also wished her ‘lots of positive things’ in her ‘new chapter’.
“It has been wonderful working with you for the past eight years and making your birthday cakes for the past fourteen years,” Ms. Sear wrote. ‘Much love to you and your family.’
Another chef on the show, Clodagh Mckenna, wrote: ‘Your star will continue to shine wherever you go ⭐️ You have given us all so much love and light, in front of and behind the cameras ♥️ I am so grateful for everything you have given me you have given me… I love you so much, sweet beautiful Holly, the sunshine of our days ♥️♥️’
Carol Vorderman wrote: ‘Wishing you and your family peace and strength in what must be a very difficult time after the news of Holly x last week, I know the team will miss you very much. Greetings.’
Holly, who acknowledges that leaving is ‘such a difficult goodbye’, has thanked the network for ‘being supportive’.
She also expressed her gratitude to the “amazing viewers” who she said have been “loyal, so supportive and the very best company” over the years.
Her departure from the show comes after a former Pizza Hut was taken into custody last week, accused of an alleged plot to kidnap and murder Holly.
News: The TV star, 42, confirmed on Instagram on Tuesday that she ‘will not be returning’ to the show, days after an alleged plot to kidnap and kill her was foiled
Shocking announcement: Holly’s Instagram post was flooded with supportive comments from her This Morning co-stars
Posts: Alison Hammond, who has presented alongside Holly since Phillip Schofield resigned earlier this year, said ‘this is a very sad day’
Tribute: One of the show’s chefs, Clodagh Mckenna, wrote: ‘Your star will continue to shine everywhere’
Friends: Holly’s friends and colleagues flooded her comments with words of support
Gavin Plumb, 36, from Harlow, Essex, is charged with offenses including incitement to murder and incitement to kidnap in relation to the broadcaster, it is alleged contact a hitman in the US and book flights for him.
The TV presenter retired from hosting This Morning on Thursday and her London home was reportedly guarded by police after Plumb was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of conspiracy to kidnap.
Holly’s full statement today read: ‘I informed ITV today that I will not be returning to This Morning after fourteen years.
“To everyone who has worked on the show over the years, thank you very much. This is such a hard goodbye, you are incredible and I will forever be proud of what we did together.
‘Thank you to everyone at ITV for their support. To every guest who sat on our couch: thank you. Most of all, thanks to the wonderful viewers. You have been so loyal, so supportive and the very best company every day.
“Richard and Judy said we only care about this show, it will always belong to the viewers.” It was an honor to be a part of the story and I know this story has many chapters to go. Unfortunately, however, I now feel like I have to make this decision for me and my family.
Friends: Regular contributor Vanessa Feltz, pictured with Holly and co-host Dermot O’Leary on the show last month, added: ‘We will miss you so much my love’
Family: The star’s sister Kelly sent her own message, telling her sibling she loved her
“I will miss you all so much.”
An ITV boss said the broadcaster looks forward to working with Holly ‘in the future’ following the news that she is quitting this morning.
In a statement, Kevin Lygo, director of media and entertainment at ITV, told MailOnline: ‘We are sad to see Holly leave this morning but respect her decision which we know will have been extremely difficult to make.
‘Holly is one of the most loved, respected and accomplished broadcasters in Britain. She has been at the heart of This Morning for fourteen years and is adored by our viewers.’