Holly Willoughby ‘fighting to stay on This Morning’ amid Phillip Schofield scandal

Holly Willoughby is "fighting" to stay at This Morning and has "no plans" to leave the show, according to reports.

This Morning has been embroiled in controversy since former co-presenter Phillip Schofield confessed to having had an "unwise but not illegal" affair with a much younger male colleague, insisting "it is now over".

After Phillip's confession, ITV confirmed that they had investigated rumours of this affair three years ago, and that Phillip had denied it at the time.

Phillip's former co-presenter Holly has shared that she had also been lied to by the TV presenter over the rumours. Despite this, she has still been faced with calls to step down.

However, despite the recent controversies surrounding This Morning, Holly is said to be "fighting" to remain in her role.

A source told the Mirror: "Holly wants to stay at This Morning as long as she can, and hopes to ride out the scandal.

"Other stars like Stephen Mulhern are being approached to fill in for Phil when she returns. Some are reluctant to go in and face angry viewers.

"Holly is determined to stay put – the only reason she would leave now is if This Morning is axed. She has absolutely no plans to leave."

OK! has contacted representatives for Holly Willoughby for comment.

It comes after the TV presenter posted a statement to her Instagram sharing that she has been left "very hurt" by the discovery that Phillip lied to her.

The statement read: "It's taken time to process yesterday's news. When reports of this relationship first surfaced, I asked Phil directly if this was true and was told it was not. It's been very hurtful to now find out that this was a lie. Holly."

Alongside the scandal surrounding Phillip, This Morning has been hit with further criticism by former star Dr Ranj Singh who has spoken out about a "toxic" culture on the set of the ITV show.

He also said that he raised concerns about “bullying and discrimination” two years ago when he worked on the show and afterwards felt like he was “managed out” for whistleblowing.

However, a spokeswoman told The Sun: “Following a complaint made by Dr Ranj, we appointed someone to carry out an external review and the review found no evidence to support the complaint of bullying.”

While Phillip waded back into the discussion surrounding This Morning as he took to social media to deny the claims of a toxic environment.


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