Holly Willoughby on This Morning

This Morning: Holly Willoughby reveals she’s finally fulfilling life-long dream in panto role

The ITV star has yet to reveal who she'll be playing

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This Morning host Holly Willoughby couldn’t hide her excitement on Monday’s show when she revealed she was going to fulfill a life-long dream later this year.

The ITV star revealed that Philip Schofield will be joining her as she takes part in her first ever pantomime at Christmas.

With all the COVID-19 closures around the country, Holly and Phil wanted to make sure viewers at home still got to enjoy the festive tradition.

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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield are going to take part in a This Morning panto (Credit: ITV)

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Holly said: “2020 hasn’t been the year we all hoped it would be. Among the many things that have been cancelled it looks like there won’t be many pantomimes this Christmas.”

Phil said: “Well, we couldn’t let that happen so today we can reveal, can I have a drum roll please? That this Christmas we are throwing a This Morning pantomime.”

Holly added: “Oh, that’s so exciting!”

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Alison Hammond then called from across the studio: “Oh no you’re not!”

“It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do, all my life,” Holly added.

While the pair didn’t give any more details away, Holly did tease that she felt too old to play Cinderella.

“I’ve got to do it soon, because I’m getting too old to be Cinderella. I’m already too old to be Cinderella,” joked the star.

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Holly Willoughby said she’s “excited” about the panto (Credit: ITV)

Meanwhile, despite it only being September, Santa appeared this week in his red suit to warn Brits about Christmas 2020.

Speaking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, he addressed social distancing this Christmas.

Father Christmas said: “The elves have had to do social distancing.

“So things are taking a little bit longer. But they’ve all got their ‘santa-tiser’ to keep their hands nice and clean.

“But we are still on schedule. Things are still looking good on this end for Christmas.”

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This Morning viewers were divided over Father Christmas (Credit: ITV)

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He later added he wasn’t sure if he’d be wearing a mask on Christmas Eve.

Santa continued: “Well this depends on what the world’s scientists advice is at the time.”

He even advised: “As things are taking a little bit longer, your wish lists need to be a little bit shorter.

“So you might not get everything on your wish list. But it’s not because you’ve been naughty. It’s just making things safe for the elves.”

How did This Morning viewers react?

Viewers took to Twitter to share both their amazement and bewilderment at Father Christmas’ unusual advice.

One viewer complained: “They’ve drafted Father Christmas onto #ThisMorning now to warn the kids that Christmas might be a bit [bleep] and you’d be better off not having any ‘big wishes’ this year.”

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