The show started as normal with the famous theme tune, but viewers were quickly told that one half of the famous presenting duo was absent for the second day running.
Where’s Holly Willoughby?
Holly Willoughby, 39, was not on the set of This Morning on Thursday November 19 2020.
Instead, she was replaced by Davina McCall.
Phillip Schofield explained to viewers that Holly was having another day off.
He said: “Holly’s having a day off, she’ll be back on Monday.”
She was also absent yesterday (Wednesday November 18), when Philip was joined by Alison Hammond.
At that time, Alison simply said that Holly was having a well-deserved day off, but they did not mention she’d be absent the next day as well.
Holly has not addressed her absence on social media.
Fans were concerned
Understandably, viewers were disappointed by Holly’s unexpected absence.
One wrote on Twitter: “Holly Willoughby doesn’t have well deserved days off so something has happened that we’re not being told about #ThisMorning.”
Another simply wrote: “Where is Holly? #ThisMorning.”
A third added: “Where is the beautiful Holly today on This Morning? Holly where are you? Hope you’re okay Holly? #missingHolly.”
Holly Willoughby doesn’t have well deserved days off so something has happened that we’re not being told about #ThisMorning
— Smile Its Kelvin (@SmileItsKT) November 18, 2020
On Thursday, one fan tweeted: “It’s the second day without @hollywills on This Morning. Why! Where are you Holly??!?”
Another typed: “Really hope Holly is ok. Hope it’s not something terrible and it’s just simple reason why she hasn’t been in for the last two days xx #hopeyouareok #sendinglove @thismorning @hollywills.” [sic]
Many more accused the ITV show of being secretive about Holly’s disappearance, with one saying: “@thismorning. Why all the secrecy? Where is Holly and why has nothing been said on air?”
Another agreed, adding: “@thismorning. Come on where is Holly? Stop being secretive about her sudden absence!”
— Anita (@neetnut2) November 19, 2020
Some fans even questioned where Holly and Phil were on Friday.
Thought these pair were only covering during Holly & Phil’s summer holidays..
— 🎵Gman 🎬 (@Gm4nHere) November 20, 2020
However, it seems they may have forgotten that Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford always cover the final day in the week.
What did Holly Willoughby miss?
On Wednesday, viewers saw Phillip and Alison turning on the Christmas lights at TV Centre at White City – something Holly would have loved.
On Thursday, Phillip and Davina discussed the latest lockdown rules and talk of a vaccine.
Former Corrie star Nicola Thorp was one of the contributors.
The show also features Kirstie Allsopp, and a woman who claims to have one of the world’s biggest mouths!
What happened on Thursday’s This Morning?
Davina stepped in for Holly Willoughby’s second day of absence from the ITV show on Thursday.
The former Big Brother presenter managed to keep viewers entertained with her own brand of cheeky fun.
After being told off for patronising Phillip during a baking segment with Phil Vickery, Davina rubbed him the wrong way again when she used a “banned” word.
It came during a fashion segment with TV star Gok Wan.
Upon seeing a selection of boots, she said: “I love the boots, I like all the really cheap shoes – it’s so good!”
However, Phil quickly reminded Davina that the word “cheap” to describe products is banned by the show.
“Budget, budget. Never cheap, never cheap,” he exclaimed.
Gok then shouted: “Affordable!”
This Morning continues every weekday mornings on ITV at 10am.
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