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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield's unbreakable bond as they face calls to quit

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have kept a united front after being falsely accused of 'jumping the queue' to see the Queen's coffin at Westminster Hall.

The presenting duo hit back at the claims, insisting that they were there in a "professional capacity" and were "reporting on the event for the millions of people in the UK who were unable to visit".

Addressing the backlash on Tuesday's programme, a sombre-looking Holly and Phil proved how strong their friendship is.

Fans have also noticed the pair

But this isn't the first time that the pair have stuck by each other through tough times.

In February 2020, Phil came out as gay and was met by floods of support from his family, fans and of course - Holly.

Furious fans have demanded the pair quit their jobs following the backlash (ITV)

On his Instagram Stories, Phillip told followers: "You never know what's going on in someone's seemingly perfect life, what issues they are struggling with, or the state of their wellbeing - and so you won't know what has been consuming me for the last few years.

"With the strength and support of my wife and daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay."

"My friends are the best, especially Holly, who has been so kind and wise - and who has hugged me as I sobbed on her shoulder," he added.

Best pal Holly immediately jumped on the app and shared a photo of her and Phillip with the caption: "Never been more proud of my friend than I am today. We'll be together at 10am on This Morning."

Holly and Phil have been close friends for years (Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Holly joined Phil on This Morning after Fern Britton stepped down from the show after a decade at the helm in March 2009.

Phil said that Holly was "at the top of everybody's list to pick up where Fern leaves off" and was "number one choice" - however there were whispers that actually he was the main person pushing for Holly to get the gig.

Holly was also hit with cruel comments that she only got the job because of Phillip, with trolls claiming she would be "unable to interview a Prime Minister".

They explained that they went to film at Westminster for those who were unable to make the visit (ITV)

Speaking to Elizabeth Day on her How To Fail podcast, she said: "If it wasn’t for Phil, I wouldn't be on This Morning now because everyone around him at the time when he suggested my name, were like, 'What? No! She might be alright in the fashion bit but there’s no way she could interview the Prime Minister…'"

During a special episode of Lorraine earlier this year, which celebrated Phil's 40 years in the TV industry, Holly gushed over her co-host.

She said how grateful she was that he helped her to secure the job on This Morning.

"I thank you every day because I know really you were on your own with that school of thought.

"It was down to you kind of standing by that that I got that job without a doubt. Without you there is no way I would be doing This Morning today."

Many viewers said that Holly looked like she had been crying (ITV)

The pair's unwavering support for one another has been so strong since the first day that they appeared on screen together 13 years ago.

A very nervous Holly clung to Phillip's arm as the cameras went live.

Phillip then joked about leaving Holly to present her first show on her own, before pretending to storm off the set.

Holly admitted that she was "scared" about working with Phillip, who was such a big name in the industry.

But later she discovered that they were a TV match made in heaven.

"I love that man. I'd obviously watched him on the telly lots, he was in the Broom Cupboard , he was my children's TV presenter that I used to watch," she once told the Jonathan Ross Show.

"I was a bit scared when I first met him but that changed very quickly when I realised he was basically me in the male form," she said.

Holly, who has young children, also said how Phillip is her "first port of call" when it comes to struggles with juggling her home life and career.

"We spend quite a lot of time together and quite often I'd come in in the morning and I wouldn't have slept properly because of the kids or something and he's my first port of call to talk to, really."

The feeling is mutual for Phillip, who also openly declared his love for his TV wife.

"Holly is incredibly sympathetic," he said.

The duo have completely denied any accusations of 'queue jumping' (Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

"She's the best person to tell secrets to. She's got a brilliant ability to see sense through mess. She's also more diplomatic than I am.

"If we disagree on something, which is rare, we very quickly see the other person's point of view. And we don't have egos between the pair of us – there's none of that nonsense."

Holly and Phillip's families have become close friends, and even enjoyed a trip to Portugal together.

ITV are said to be rallying around the hosts after the "relentless" trolling from furious viewers after footage of them walking past the queues to see the Queen's coffin came out.

A TV source said: "The abuse has been nothing short of disgusting, not least as they have done nothing wrong and were fully entitled to media accreditation so they could inform their viewers.

The pair outside Westminster (ITV)

"There is huge, real and serious concerns over their wellbeing and ITV are fully supporting them behind the scenes in the face of such relentless trolling. The channel backs them 110 per cent."

Holly also addressed the criticism as they played a VT of the Queen when she was lying in state.

In the voiceover she was heard saying: "Like hundreds of accredited broadcasters and journalists, we were given official permission to access the hall.

"It was strictly for the purpose of reporting on the event for millions of people in the UK who haven't been able to visit Westminster in person. The rules were that we would be quickly escorted around the edges to a platform at the back. In contrast, those paying respects walked along a carpeted area beside the coffin and were given time to pause."

Holly has supported Phillip throughout his whole coming out process (ITV)

She continued: "None of the broadcasters and journalists there took anyone's place in the queue and no one filed passed the Queen. We, of course, respected those rules, however, we realise that it may have looked like something else and therefore totally understand the reaction."

But fans weren't impressed, they called it a "non-apology" and a petition demanding the pair to be axed from the show gathered over 37,000 signatures.

Phillip embraces Holly after he spoke about his sexuality (ITV)

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Sympathetic fans noticed that Holly wasn't her usual self during the most recent show, with some showing real concern for the presenter.

"Is Holly ok? She’s not looking herself? #ThisMorning," one viewer wrote.

"Looks like she’s been crying all night," said another.

"I feel like holly is faking her happiness today #ThisMorning," a third chimed.

She also hasn't been sharing her daily outfit snaps on Instagram, which she usually captions "HWStyle".

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