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Siobhan Macdonald

Holly Willoughby ‘determined’ to ride out Phillip Schofield drama and keep This Morning spot

Holly Willoughby is planning to ride out the storm on This Morning amid the Phillip Schofield scandal to secure her job.

This comes after Phillip, 61, confessed to an 'unwise, but not illegal' affair with a 'younger male colleague' who he worked with on the flagship show.

After sensationally coming clean about the relationship, Schofield has cut ties with ITV entirely and his agency YMU. Holly, 42, shared a statement on the news and expressed how 'hurt' she was at the admission.

She wrote on Instagram: "It has 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."

ITV bosses are reportedly scrambling to save the popular daytime show amid the ongoing scandal. A source told the Mirror: “The next few weeks will be a desperate bid to save the show – and the jobs of the execs. Fingers are being pointed at the top brass, even though he admitted he lied to all of them.

Philip Schofield has quit This Morning after more than 20 years on the ITV couch (Ian West/PA Wire)

“The show’s wholesome image is clearly tarnished, but bullish ITV execs are not going to just throw the baby out with the bath water.

“They are determined to prove that the brand is stronger than any single presenter, and that they can give it a fresh start after Schofield.”

An ITV spokesman told the Mirror: “This Morning is not under review and there’s no plans for the show to be axed. This Morning will return as normal tomorrow.”

Phillip Schofield has stepped down from ITV's This Morning (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

While an ITV source added: “This Morning has won so many awards, the last thing ITV want is to lose it. They retain faith in editor Martin Frizell and want to move on and look to the future now.”

While Holly has distanced herself from Phil and expressed her 'hurt' at the ongoing situation, she is determined to ride out the storm and keep her job.

A source said: “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.”

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