This Morning bosses are said to be concerned that Holly Willoughby could leave the show after she faced backlash for “skipping the queue” to see the Queen at Westminster Hall in state.
The 41-year-old presenter and her 60-year-old co-star Phillip Schofield addressed the issue on Tuesday’s episode of their ITV show, saying they “understand” the public’s reaction but insisted they wait in line at the Do not enter skipped hall in the press queue in labor matters.
MailOnline understands the couple personally insisted they be addressed at the start of the show and believes ITV shouldn’t have waited so long to comment on the matter – and spent the weekend in “conversations” with TV producers spent.
A source revealed: “Philip and Holly are stunned at the anger they have felt over the past few days. They felt ITV should have made it clearer immediately that it was part of a programme.’
The insider continued, “When they started being bombarded with messages via social media, they were just stunned. They were amazed at how it all turned out.
“That’s the main reason they wanted something to be said on Saturday [when This Morning issued a statement] and why they insisted the show had to address it head-on on Tuesday.
“Holly in particular was completely upset by it. She was in tears over some of the things she was called upon and the behavior they were accused of.
“She would never queue up or act like that and it breaks her heart that people think she would.
“This Morning producers and staff gather. They’re a tight-knit team, but there are concerns about how that’s affected Holly, and many wonder if it’s brought her anywhere near the exit.
ITV declined to comment when approached by MailOnline. Holly and Phillip’s reps did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Holly and Phillip’s ‘Queue Jump’ scandal follows another This Morning blunder as viewers were left horrified after introducing a new twist to the popular Spin to Win game.
They revealed that the popular spin wheel game had a new price point where the show would cover winning players’ energy bills by the end of the year.
In the game, which is a frequent part of the show, Phil spins the wheel for the players on the phone. The wheel stops at her prize, which usually includes lump sums of between £1,000 and £3,000.
Viewers, however, were divided over the show’s offer to cover four months’ energy bills, calling the move “dystopian” and a reflection of the “grim state” of the cost-of-living crisis.
The next day, the couple announced they had changed the price to “household bills,” with Phillip sneering at the criticism: “I wonder how much of that they can complain about online.”
After even more backlash, the game was eventually reset to only offer cash prizes once more.
Fears Holly is considering leaving This Morning come as she is being courted by BBC bosses to host a series of reality shows for the company.
Holly is currently contracted to stay on the ITV show until 2023, which would mean it was her Anchored in the program for 14 years.
Last month, The Mail On Sunday revealed that Holly Willoughby was offered a big buck by the BBC to host her new version of the legendary show Gladiators.
The original Gladiators was hosted by former model Ulrika Jonsson and ex-footballer John Fashanu along with referee John Anderson.
BBC bosses have been keen to take Holly away from ITV and have her for themselves to attract large audiences.
Holly’s recent BBC reality show Freeze The Fear With Wim Hof was so popular that she has already agreed to commission a second series, which she will again co-host with former cricketer Freddie Flintoff.
The mother-of-three, who is married to TV producer Dan Baldwin, has also branched out of television with her wellness brand, Wylde Moon, which she launched last year.
On Tuesday’s show, Holly and Philip said they “understand the reaction” to the claims about jumping the queue and while acknowledging the strength of the feeling, they refused to apologize and claimed they were at the venue to work as a broadcaster for the people who couldn’t be there themselves.