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Saturday 16th February 2019

Holly Willoughby forced to miss This Morning due to ill health

Holly Willoughby has been sounding decidedly hoarse since the weekend, and she's now too poorly to present This Morning.

Phil was joined by her I'm A Celeb stint stand-in Rochelle Humes as the opening credits played out earlier, and he announced that his co-star wasn't feeling well.

He said: "Some of you might have noticed that I’ve got a different co-host for the day.

"Holly’s poorly today. If you’ve been watching throughout the week you’ll know that she’s been on a sort of downward spiral.

And finally, she’s fallen over so she’s staying home today.

"Started on Dancing On Ice, she wasn’t really brilliant on Sunday, and then it’s got worse and worse.

"And finally, she’s fallen over so she’s staying home today."

He added: "Get well soon. She’s not going to be watching, but get well soon."

Viewers were swift to jump on Twitter and speculate about why the mum of three was absent.

Some speculated that she might be expecting!

Others suggested she was actually hungover and pulling a sickie...

On Sunday night, Dancing On Ice viewers were a little concerned about her, as she was sounding croaky.

Holly's looking a little tired (Credit: ITV)

The star, who was celebrating her 38th birthday, looked stunning in a black sparkling gown, as Phil wished her a happy birthday live on air.

At the time fans weren't sure whether she had been celebrating a little too hard - or was ill!

Taking to Twitter to express concerns during Dancing On Ice, one commented: "Aww, feel sorry for her," while another added: "Holly Willoughby looks shattered."

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Holly had been celebrating with her family at Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa over the weekend.

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