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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield queue row RECAP: Fans demand This Morning duo axed from show in growing petition

- Inside the bitter and ‘tense’ This Morning crisis 
- Holly Willoughby ‘leaning on This Morning pal Alison Hammond
- Fan petition hits new milestone

A GROWING number of TV fans are signing a petition demanding This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby & Phillip Schofield are sacked for seemingly jumping huge queues to see the Queen lying in state.

Hosts Holly, 41, and Phil, 60, have been accused of pushing in front of thousands of Brits who were last week waiting to view the Queen's coffin and pay their respects. Some were forced to wait in line for 14 hours.

After social media erupted in response to the footage of the pair walking past the coffin in Westminster Hall, the underfire presenters spoke out on their show in an attempt to address claims they were "too posh to queue".

A change.org petition to remove the duo, titled Axe Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby from TV, has now collected more than 68,000 signatures.

But some fans supported the daytime duo, and one of their supporters tweeted: "It’s disgusting what @hollywills and @Schofe have had to put up with enough is enough now ..so upsetting. I’ll probably get hassle for this but I don’t care." (edited) 

Read our Holly & Phil live blog below for the latest updates...

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Holly ‘devastated by all the negative reaction’

    Although This Morning fans feared she had been ‘crying all night’ on Wednesday morning, an ITV source confirmed: “Holly will not quit.

    “She has been devastated by all the negative reaction after she turned up to work at Westminster Hall with Phil on Friday, but she’s not going to resign.

    “This Morning has been her life for more than a decade and the only way she’d consider quitting at this stage is if viewers really didn’t want her there.

    “She’s tried to give their side of the story on the show today and they’re both hoping to move on from it now.

    “Bosses know Holly is still a hit with viewers and are counting on her working her magic on the show for a good while yet.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Holly and Phil defended by Gyles Brandreth

    Gyles Brandreth defended Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield over the ‘queue-jumping’ incident sparked by the Queen’s Lying-in-State.

    In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Gyles said: “It is a terrible misunderstanding and I imagine people will realise that and will move on.  

    “[Holly and Phillip] are good people and good friends of mine.  

    “I am really sorry about the misunderstanding and it is sad that there is a misunderstanding because the atmosphere around Westminster, around Westminster Hall and Buckingham Palace, has been so universally good amongst all ages. It is a shame that anything should spoil it.  

    “But it genuinely was a misunderstanding, I completely accept that.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Phillip Schofield disappears from We Buy Any Car ad

    We Buy Any Car’s social media pages have replaced Phillip Schofield’s smiling picture.

    Instead, there is now a shot of a happy family consisting of a mum and dad and happy children.

    But Phillip appears lower down on the company’s social media feeds.

    Click here to read more.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield defended by Clodagh McKenna’s husband Harry Herbert

    This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were defended by the show’s chef’s husband.

    Mail Online reports that Clodagh McKenna’s husband, Harry Herbert, the son of the 7th Earl of Carnarvon and brother of the current Earl, has claimed the backlash the presenters are facing is “awful”

    He added that they never jumped any queue.

  • Matt Snape

    Guardian columnist asks if people have reached a verdict on Holly and Phil

    Guardian columnist Hannah Jane Parkinson addressed her readers by asking if they have reached a verdict on Holly Willoughby’s and Phillip Schofield’s behaviour during queue-gate.

    She wrote: “Then there is the fundamental question of whether Willoughby and Schofield actually did skip the queue. As broadcasters, they were able to enter as accredited media – images show them being rushed through Westminster Hall and straight to the media platform. ITV has since confirmed that the pair had been asked to feature in a package about the Queen’s death.

    “For those questioning the pair’s journalistic credentials, it’s a reasonable point, note that they have interviewed our last three prime ministers.”

    Have you reached a verdict on their behaviour yet?

  • Matt Snape

    ITV defend Holly Willoughby and Phllip Schofield

    Following the backlash against Holly and Phil over queuegate, ITV released the following statement:

    “They did not jump the queue, have VIP access or file past the Queen lying in state – but instead were there in a professional capacity as part of the world’s media to report on the event.”

  • Matt Snape

    Richard Ayoade rips Holly and Phil over Queuegate scandal

    Richard Ayoade tore into Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield over the queuegate scandal on Have I Got News For You.

    “ITV’s Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield… apparently just appeared in Westminster Hall on Sunday without having spent the previous 36 hours queueing,” Ayoade said.

    “Just appeared? Like a haunting?” comedian Roisin Conaty asked.

    Ayoade continued: “They’ve had to present ‘Hello Good Morning’ for five years, which you would’ve thought is punishment enough.”

  • Matt Snape

    Holly and Phil defended by Gyles Brandreth

    Gyles Brandreth defended Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield over the ‘queue-jumping’ incident sparked by the Queen’s Lying-in-State.

    In an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, Gyles said: “It is a terrible misunderstanding and I imagine people will realise that and will move on.  

    “[Holly and Phillip] are good people and good friends of mine.  

    “I am really sorry about the misunderstanding and it is sad that there is a misunderstanding because the atmosphere around Westminster, around Westminster Hall and Buckingham Palace, has been so universally good amongst all ages. It is a shame that anything should spoil it.  

    “But it genuinely was a misunderstanding, I completely accept that.”

  • Matt Snape

    Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield defended by Clodagh McKenna's husband Harry Herbert

    This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were defended by the show’s chef’s husband.

    Mail Online reports that Clodagh McKenna’s husband, Harry Herbert, the son of the 7th Earl of Carnarvon and brother of the current Earl, has claimed the backlash the presenters are facing is “awful”

    He added that they never jumped any queue.

  • Matt Snape

    Takeaway makes ‘tasteless’ Holly and Phil joke

    A North East takeaway made a joke about Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield skipping the queue during the Queen’s Lying-in-State.

    However, many have branded it as “tasteless”.

    Yahoo! News reports that Stockton-based Moja Indian takeaway posted a joke about the This Morning presenters on their social media account on Friday morning – by photoshopping Phil and Holly on to the background of the shop – with the caption “Apologies to everyone who is waiting on their order – we’ve just had Phil and Holly come in and order a meal #VIPTreatment.”

    However, a lot of people suggested the joke was “tasteless”, with one social media user said: “It's all getting very boring and irrelevant now, while another added: “What happened to being kind? Give it a rest.”

  • Matt Snape

    Phillip Schofield disappears from We Buy Any Car ad

    We Buy Any Car’s social media pages have replaced Phillip Schofield’s smiling picture.

    Instead, there is now a shot of a happy family consisting of a mum and dad and happy children.

    But Phillip appears lower down on the company’s social media feeds.

    Click here to read more.

  • Matt Snape

    Holly and Phil ‘are done for’, claims former Sun editor Kelvin McKenzie

    Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby are done for, former Sun editor Kelvin McKenzie told GB News’s Dan Wootton.

    You can watch the clip here:

  • Matt Snape

    Alison Hammond helping Holly survive queue-gate row

    Holly Willoughby’s This Morning co-star Alison Hammond is said to be helping her deal with the trauma of the queue-gate row.

    A source told MailOnline: "Alison, Dermot, Phil and Holly are incredibly close and tight-knit. 

    "When things started to blow up over the weekend they were in touch straight away to offer their support.

    "Alison, in particular, has spoken many times with Holly over the phone and been a real rock."

  • Matt Snape

    Holly Willoughby to continue role with Marks and Spencers

    Holly Willoughby will remain as the face of Marks and Spencers following the row over her and co-presenter Phillip Schofield ‘queue-jumping’ during the Queen’s Lying-in-State.

    She won’t be quitting her position on This Morning, or her role with Marks and Sparks.

    An M&S spokesman confirmed to The Sun: “I can confirm we have extended our current contract with Holly, and we will continue to work with her."

    Click here to read more.

  • Louis Allwood

    Angry Brits brand Holly and Phil’s apology ‘pathetic’

    Some Brits are not very impressed with the pair’s explanation as to why they did not stand in the queue with other mourning royalists.

    Attempting to quell the wave of anger directed their way, Holly said: “We totally understand the reaction. Please know that we would never jump a queue.”

    Rather, Willoughby explained that she and Mr Schofield were on the job while visiting the coffin, and thus got to skip to the front.

    Some Brits have branded this a “pathetic excuse”, however.

    One viewer tweeted: “Pathetic excuse. The 3 of them @hollywills @Schofe #MartinFrizell seen a loophole to jump the queue. Since when do any of them go to an outside filming piece. Lost the last bit of trust they had with the viewers @itv #ThisMorning @thismorning”

  • Louis Allwood

    Holly breaks silence

    After keeping a low profile while not on This Morning, Holly posted on her Instagram stories yesterday to congratulate her close pal Lisa Snowdon on winning Celebrity MasterChef.

    Sharing Lisa’s post, she wrote: “ Congrats. Well done clever lady.”

    Mum-of-three Holly is said to have been beside herself over the backlash she has received since visiting the Queen lying in state on Friday.

  • Louis Allwood

    Fans take to Twitter as they defend Holly and Phil

    Some fans have taken to Twitter to defend the iconic pair after they were accused of jumping the queue to see Her Majesty’s lying in state, while some Brits waited a staggering 25 hours.

    One fan said: “Omg give it a rest people! There are more important things going on in the world than Holly and Phil! How about go out and GET A LIFE!”

    Currently, a petition to get the pair axed from This Morning has 55,000 signatures.

  • Louis Allwood

    Phillip and Holly stop short of an apology

    On Tuesday’s show the two hosts addressed claims they were “too posh to queue” but stopped short of an apology.

    Holly said: “It was strictly for reporting on the event for millions not able to visit in person.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Phillip and Holly 'heckled' by queue

    Joe Thomkins, from Nottingham, told The Sun that Phillip was heckled as he waited to see the Queen lying-in-state.

    Joe said: “We were in the zig-zag line right at the end of the queue when we saw Phil and Holly.

    “They walked straight past us all and a few people started shouting.

    “People were saying, ‘Oi, Phil, Holly, get to the back of the queue!’. Phil looked around and smiled as if to say, ‘We can do what we want’.

    “It angered a lot of people. People were saying, ‘How can they do this?’ There was a real hatred for them, it wasn’t right.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Eamonn Holmes hits out at Holly and Phil

    Eamonn Holmes has taken another swipe at Phil and Holly, following accusations that they skipped the queue to see Her Majesty’s lying in state.

    Eamonn has now called the pair “arrogant” as he took another swipe on GB News.

    He then read out the statement shared by Holly, defending their decision to skip the queue.

    In response, he said: “’We didn’t jump the queue, we were working. Why was your boss there working with you?

    “They didn’t get a fast-track, they say. Lie. They say they didn’t pay their respects to the body. Lie.

    “What else were they there for? Let’s just tell the truth about the whole thing.

    “They messed up, and instead of being arrogant and saying, ‘We were there working as journalists,’ why don’t they just say, ‘Yeah, we thought it would be a good idea.’”

    Click here to read more.

  • Louis Allwood

    Holly and Phil reportedly ‘called lawyers’ over queue jumping allegations

    Following accusations that Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield skipped the queue to see Her Majesty lying in state, the pair reportedly contacted lawyers.

    A source told the Sun that the iconic duo sought legal advice to aid with these “damaging claims.”

    Holly called in lawyers and a source said: “She’s utterly devastated. It’s been an incredibly tough few days.”

    Click here to read more.

  • Louis Allwood

    Kim Woodburn says she is ‘appalled’ by Holly and Phil

    Speaking on GB News, Mrs Woodburn hit out at the iconic duo, calling for ITV to sack them both for “lying.”

    She told the broadcaster: “Their self-serving publicity stunt came back to bite them on the bum, didn’t it? I’m appalled by them.

    “There were many people in that queue, people with wheelchairs and walking sticks. And Holly and Phillip think because they are on TV they can flout the rules.

    “They’re telling lies and they’ve been caught. They’re cocky, they’re self-assured and they are disliked intensely.

    “They should be fired and the crew would say, ‘Yippee. We’ve had enough of these two idiots. They won’t be missed.’”

    Click here to read more.

  • Louis Allwood

    What have Holly and Phil said?

    Holly and Phil have denied any wrongdoing, following allegations that they skipped the queue to see Her Majesty’s lying in state.

    In her defence, Holly said: “Like hundreds of accredited broadcasters and journalists we were given official permission to access the hall.

    “It was strictly for the purpose of reporting on the event for millions of people in the UK who haven’t been able to visit Westminster in person.

    “The rules were that we would be quickly escorted around the edges to a platform at the back. In contrast those paying respects walked along a carpeted area beside the coffin and were given time to pause.

    “None of the broadcasters and journalists took anyone’s places in the queue and no one filed past the Queen. 

    “We of course respected those rules however we realised that it may have looked like something else and therefore we totally understand the reaction.

    “Please know that we would never jump a queue.”

  • Holly showed her ‘unease’ on This Morning, says body-language expert (2/2)

    A body-language expert has said Holly Willoughby’s “unease” was clear to see, as controversy continues to spread around “queue-gate.”

    Inbaal Honigman told The Sun the telltale signs, explaining: “Her famous smile isn’t the same, instead of a natural, broad display of joy which touches the eyes, her smile today is stiff and still.

    “Her voice is cracking. She seems concerned that her appearance is scrutinised for all the wrong reasons.”

  • Holly showed her 'unease' on This Morning, says body-language expert (1/2)

    A body-language expert has said Holly Willoughby’s “unease” was clear to see, as controversy continues to spread around “queue-gate.”

    Inbaal Honigman told The Sun the telltale signs, explaining: “When standing up, she’s picking at her fingertips. A very subtle gesture which shows that she is worried.

    “And when sitting down, holding her tablet, her fingers are pressed tightly against it, telling us that she is unable to relax.

    “Even though Holly is a pro, and has stood in that spot and presented that show for over a decade, tiny clues betray her unease today.”

    Click here to read more.

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