‘I never liked the way she behaved’: Kim Woodburn calls for Holly Willoughby to be SACKED from This Morning in another scathing attack
Kim Woodburn has launched another blistering attack on Holly Willoughby, calling on the presenter to be sacked from This Morning.
The former celebrity cleaner, 81, appeared on GB News on Monday and was asked for her thoughts on the scandal engulfing This Morning after Phillip Schofield’s revelations that he lied about his affair with a much younger man.
Holly, 42, made her return to ITV on Monday after two weeks off air and started the show by addressing her former co-star’s exit in an emotional monologue.
When Dan asked Kim: ‘Did you believe what Holly had to say this morning?’, she replied: ‘Absolutely not, she’s one little b**ch.
‘Why did she have to mention that he told lies? It’s been done and said, he’s lost his job. Why is she rubbing it in? She should be fired.’
‘I never liked the way she behaved’: Kim Woodburn has launched another blistering attack on Holly Willoughby, calling on the presenter to be sacked from This Morning
Dan then remarked: ‘But she said she didn’t know, Kim. How can you prove that she knew?’
She answered: ‘But what did she know? To be fair to Phillip, if a man is the right age, what has he got to apologise for?
‘So until we know, we can’t say much really, can we? He’s had an affair as a gay gentleman, with a gay man.’
When asked by Dan why she had such a problem with Holly, Kim responded: ‘Look, I’ve worked with Holly, I’ve been on the sofa with them three or four times.
‘I never liked the way she behaved and I never liked the way she opted out of everything – I couldn’t stand it.’
Woodburn – who has launched several attacks on Schofield and Willoughby in recent days – previously gave her opinion on whether This Morning should be axed.
She mused: ‘I have very mixed emotions about that. A nice morning show with families and mums sitting there is a nice thing…
‘This show is so tainted and gross. I don’t want to see it go off but I think it should.
‘I think it should come back in a different format with different people. It’s been so ruined by Schofield but let’s not give up and let’s start again.
‘It should be taken off, and reviewed, and a decent show put back on.’
As Dan Wootton noted that Holly has asked to relaunch the show next Monday on her own, Woodburn replied: ‘I bet she does that little b***h, I bet she does.’
She added: ‘In all the years she’s been on that show she has never taken part, all we hear is “oh Phillip” hahaha.
‘She aided and abetted him to take a big salary, get shot of that little b***h. Wimpy, wimpy little woman, she will not be missed.’
Statement: Holly, 42, made her return to ITV on Monday after two weeks off air and started the show by addressing her former co-star’s exit in an emotional monologue
When Dan asked Kim: ‘Did you believe what Holly had to say this morning?’, she replied: ‘Absolutely not, she’s one little b**ch.’
Holly is reportedly determined to fight on to keep her spot on the sofa , despite the chaos at the programme.
She is paid £730,000 a year for the presenting gig but has a growing business empire, estimated to be worth £10 million.
Holly told This Morning’s viewers ‘we gave our love and support to someone who was not telling the truth’ as she returned to the show for the first time since Phillip’s exit.
Phillip left the show after admitting to an extramarital affair – which he branded ‘ill-advised by not illegal – with a colleague last month.
He insisted Holly was not aware of the affair. In an interview last week, he said Holly was ignoring his messages apologising and pleading for forgiveness.
While teasing the segment on workouts, Holly insisted she would give the workout ‘everything’ while Josie giggled about working on their guns.
Holly appeared relieved to have moved on from the start of the show, in which she gave the statement while fighting back tears and discussing her friend.
In her full statement, Holly said: ‘Hi there. Good morning. Josie [Gibson], thank you for being here. Right, deep breath. Firstly, are you OK? It feels very strange indeed sitting here without Phil.
‘And I imagine that you might have been feeling a lot like I have – shaken, troubled, let down, worried for the wellbeing of people on all sides of what’s been going on, and full of questions.
‘You, me and all of us at This Morning gave our love and support to someone who was not telling the truth, who acted in a way that they themselves felt that they had to resign from ITV, and step down from a career that they loved. That is a lot to process.
‘And it’s equally hard to see the toll that it’s taken on their own mental health. I think what unites us all now is a desire to heal for the health and wellbeing of everyone.
‘I hope that, as we start this new chapter and get back to a place of warmth and magic that this show holds for all of us, we can find strength in each other.
‘And, from my heart, can I just say thank you for all of your kind messages. And thank you for being here this morning. Myself, Josie [Gibson], Dermot [O’Leary], Alison [Hammond], Craig [Doyle], and every single person that works on this show will continue to work hard every single day to bring you this show that we love.’
Prior to the show airing, friends of Phillip said he would not tune in to watch Holly’s return to the sofa as it would be too ‘triggering’ for him.
In his interview with The Sun, he apologised to Holly for lying to her about his relationship, saying: ‘I’ve lost my best friend.’
Hurt: Holly’s return comes as the ITV show has been plagued by allegations of ‘toxicity’, including from former This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes who has alleged there was a ‘total cover-up’ over the Schofield affair
Drama: Willoughby is determined to fight on to keep her spot on the sofa, despite the ongoing chaos at the programme caused by Schofield’s revelations
He added: ‘I let her down. I let that entire show down. I let the viewers down. Holly did not know and she was one of the first texts that I sent, to say: ‘I am so, so sorry that I lied to you’.
‘She didn’t reply and I understand why she didn’t reply as well. So, yeah, if anyone is in any way linking Holly to this, that is absolutely, wholly untrue.’
The duo, had presented the show together since 2009 and also co-hosted Dancing On Ice.
Holly’s return comes as the ITV show has been plagued by allegations of ‘toxicity’, including from former This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes who has alleged there was a ‘total cover-up’ over the Schofield affair.
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