Holly Willoughby steps out looking pensive amid rumoured 'feud'

Holly Willoughby steps out looking glum amid ‘feud’ with This Morning co-host Philip Schofield as he fears being axed from show

Holly Willoughby was seen looking glum as she stepped out on Saturday amid her rumoured ‘feud’ with This Morning co-host Philip Schofield.

The presenter, 42, donned a camel-coloured coat and jeans for the outig in Hampshire, going makeup-free and wearing a pair of black sunglasses. 

She added a pair of trainers to the dressed-down look and appeared deep in thought as she strolled.

Holly wore her blonde locks in a loose straightened style as she made her first appearance since it was alleged that ‘crisis talks’ are occurring at ITV over the ‘feud.’

The presenter is considering her own position following the pair’s fall-out after 14 years hosting the popular daytime show together.

Pensive: Holly Willoughby was seen looking glum as she stepped out on Saturday amid her rumoured ‘feud’ with This Morning co-host Philip Schofield

Pensive: Holly was seen checking her phone during her first appearance since her ‘feud’ with Phillip

Casual: The presenter donned a camel-coloured coat and jeans for the outing in Hampshire, going makeup-free and wearing a pair of black sunglasses

Amid rumours of their feud, a ‘devastated’ Phillip is said to have phoned Holly to discuss it and is reportedly ‘saddened’ she didn’t speak out, with a pal describing her silence as ‘deafening’. 

However, Holly is said to have been ‘blindsided’ after her co-star went behind her back to release an extraordinary statement confirming rumours of a rift.

Chiefs at ITV have now called meetings to discuss what to do next amid the duo’s row and Schofield’s popularity with the programme’s viewers plummeting.

And the Daily Mail can also reveal that the channel would not confirm that Monday’s episode of This Morning would take place as normal. The pair host the chat show together from Monday to Thursday every week.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Phillip and Holly’s feud has seen then abandon their annual routine of holidaying together with their families.

Amid reports of their feud, Phillip is said to have called Holly to discuss how publicly it has aired, after he released a statement saying the last few weeks hadn’t been ‘easy’.

Phillip has reportedly been left ‘saddened’ that his words didn’t prompt Holly to speak out on the alleged feud too, according to The Sun. 

A friend told the publication: ‘Things have been difficult between them, but for it to play out so publicly was the last thing Phil was ever expecting.

‘He has spoken with Holly over the phone about how this all played out. He’s devastated by it all and is incredibly upset.’

Phillip’s contract is up for renewal in September but because he takes the summer holidays off, his final episode would be in July if ITV were to axe him.

According to a source, Phillip wants to stay on This Morning and is said to be ‘scared’ he is going to be pushed out amid rumours of a feud with Holly. 

Crisis: ITV bosses were in crisis talks over Phillip Schofield ‘s future on This Morning last night, after he was said to have ‘confronted’ Holly in a tense phone call

Phone call: A ‘devastated’ Phillip is said to have phoned Holly to discuss it and is reportedly ‘saddened’ she didn’t speak out, with a pal describing her silence as ‘deafening’

Amid claims Holly wants to move on alone on-screen, the source told The Sun: ‘His relationship with Holly had become more distant recently but Phil had no idea it would all become so public and that she wanted to strike out alone.’

MailOnline has contacted ITV and Holly and Phillip’s representatives for comment. 

Holly, 42, is said to be mulling over how her career moves forward, as those close to her fear that there is ‘no way back’ for her friendship with Phillip. 

Sources close to the star say she was ‘surprised and sad’ that her co-star, 61, released a statement on Thursday night where he confirmed their friendship had been under strain recently.

Revealed: Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield ‘are barely speaking’ off-screen

Holly Willoughby was left blindsided on Thursday night after her This Morning co-star Phillip Schofield released an extraordinary statement about their rumoured feud.

He said: ‘The last few weeks haven’t been easy for either of us. As I have said before, Holly is my rock.

‘We’re the best of friends – as always, she is an incredible support on screen, behind the scenes and on the phone. Holly has always been there for me, through thick and thin. And I’ve been there for her.’ 

However, friends of Holly view the outburst as a ‘betrayal’ and some of her loved ones are now urging her to ditch Phillip – the man who gave her her break on This Morning back in 2009.

One said: ‘The statement came out of nowhere for Holly and it was upsetting. What a betrayal. It feels like Phil is looking after himself here, with no regard for her.

‘Can she move forward with Phil? Probably not. That’s certainly what those who care for her are saying.’

Meanwhile, it has also been reported that Phillip is fighting to keep his job on the ITV breakfast show.

A source told The Mirror: ‘Monday is very much D-day.’

Another insider claimed if viewers do not believe in Holly and Phillip’s relationship and chemistry off-screen, then ITV ‘will act’.

They added: ‘Phil’s position is looking ­increasingly precarious. Monday is very much D-day, but the same could apply to any day next week, no one is bigger than the brand.’ 

Rumours of a rift began after it was claimed Holly was upset that she heard from a third party about Phillip’s brother Timothy’s child sex court case in March.

Phillip’s statement to The Sun newspaper read: ‘Holly’s support throughout meant the world to me, as did the support of my bosses at ITV, my editor Martin Frizell and the whole This Morning family.

‘And of course Holly has herself been ill with shingles.’

Meanwhile, This Morning editor Mr Frizell has pulled his support for Phillip having previously been a staunch supporter of the star.

Sources said he is fed up with clearing up Phillip’s ‘mess’. Holly has made it clear that she has no intentions to leave This Morning.

Future: Chiefs at ITV have now called meetings to discuss what to do next amid the duo’s row and Phillip’s popularity with the programme’s viewers plummeting 

Recent controversies included his refusal to address jumping the queue to see the late Queen laying in state last September. 

It is likely that if Phillip does depart, it would become her show or she would be joined by Alison Hammond.

Holly and Phillip were reunited on the This Morning sofa this month and did their best to make it look carefree, bopping along to Lulu’s Boom Bang A Bang on Thursday’s show.

But the extra-bright smiles and jovial playing around were a pretence, the Mail understands, to publicly bat off claims that their once-close friendship had broken down to ‘literally nothing’.

Seconds after the music stopped, Holly nervously played with her wedding ring, unable to look her co-star in the eye as she wished her son Harry a happy 14th birthday.

Phil joined in, but there was a definite chill in the air.

Fans have also claimed Holly has removed Phillip from her Twitter in the midst of their alleged fall-out. 

As social media erupted with comments about the pair’s on-screen interactions, some noted the changes in Holly’s social media account. 

Twitter users claimed Holly’s Twitter bio previously featured Phillip, with a tagline reading: I was introduced to this by a Twitter legend’ with Phillip’s name linked in her bio’, however the bio now lists her career accolades. 

Holly’s Twitter bio currently reads: ‘Broadcaster, Founder of Wyldemoon, Brand ambassador for Marks & Spencer and Garnier, Author of Reflections.’ It is not clear when the change was made despite the fan speculation.

There has been talk as to why their 14-year reign as ‘besties’ is over, but the Mail has been told that at the heart of the fall-out is a dispute over whether Phillip confided in Holly that his brother Timothy, a police IT worker, faced charges of child sex offences.

Not so long ago, the pair were undeniably close. After a National Television Awards win in 2016 they turned up for their slot seemingly hungover from celebrating the night before

History: The presenting duo (pictured in November 2009) have worked together for more than a decade after Holly took over from Fern Britton as Phillip’s co-host back in 2009

Friends say Holly was in the dark until Phillip took a week’s leave from the ITV daytime show to avoid the limelight while the trial took place last month – something he is at pains to deny.

A spokesman for Holly declined to comment when asked if she was kept in the dark over the court case. Phillip said it was ‘categorically untrue’. 

Timothy Schofield was convicted of 11 offences and will be sentenced on 19 May.

Sources close to Holly claim she is ‘deeply upset’ that she found out what was happening from a third party. Not so long ago, the pair were undeniably close. 

On Friday Holly’s close friend Dermot O’Leary was reported to be front runner to replace Phil should the broadcaster be axed from the show.

With a source saying she would be ‘delighted’ to work with him.  

Telling The Sun: ‘Phil’s contract is up for renewal at the end of this year and as it stands, there are a number of people working on the show who think it’s time for a shake-up’.

Famous friends: On Friday Holly’s close friend Dermot O’Leary was reported to be front runner to replace Phil should the broadcaster be axed from the show (pictured together in 2013)

Tough times: Phil may be replaced on the show with his contract up for renewal later this year

‘He is a good friend to Holly so naturally she would be thrilled if they were able to work together more often’. 

Dermot first joined ITV show in 2021 and presents the show every Friday alongside Alison Hammond. 

The source even suggested a Good Morning Britain style set up may occur, with Holly joined by a rotation of co-presenters.

‘There are so many hugely popular stars who fit well with Holly, from Alison and Josie Gibson, to Vernon Kay and Rylan Clark.

MailOnline have contacted reps for ITV for comment. 

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