Holly Willoughby gets emotional discussing working with Phillip Schofield

Albertina Lloyd
Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield attending the launch of Dancing On Ice 2020 (Credit: Getty Images)

Holly Willoughby apologised for being tearful as she discussed her “history” working with Phillip Schofield.

The This Morning hosts put on a united front at the launch of Dancing On Iceamid rumours of tensions behind the scenes on the ITV daytime show they have co-presented since 2009.

Willoughby, 38, is said to have been teary as she told the MailOnline of Dancing On Ice: “Phil and I met on this show. There's a lot of history. You’re going to set me off.”

The pair co-hosted the celebrity skating show between 2006 and 2011 and returned when it relaunched last year. Following their successful teaming, Willoughby replaced Fern Britton as Schofield’s This Morning co-host in 2009.

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Phillip Schofield and a pregnant Holly Willoughby during the 2011 National Television Awards (Credit: PA)

The mother-of-three added: “My kids really love the show as well. I get quite emotional thinking about it, that all of them were carried in my tummy on this show and when we finished I always went off and had the babies.

“So now it’s really nice because they love it and I tend to split it, I bring one of them each week, they come for the whole day and sit through the rehearsals. It’s really nice. It’s a real family show.”

Schofield, 57, has been the subject of several allegations this year that he is difficult to work with and attempts to influence which female presenters are paired with him on screen.

Amanda Holden - who has previously stood in for Willoughby as co-host on This Morning - has publicly spoken out of tensions with Schofield.

Speaking about the latest claims against Schofield on her Heart Radio show on Monday she said: “I’ve drawn a line under all those issues with Phillip.

Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden hosting This Morning together in 2015 (Credit: ITV/Shutterstock)

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“I’m just going to say I really admire anyone that’s going to stick up for themselves because it’s not an easy thing to do. 

“There’s a tin opener and a can somewhere and other people have found the tin opener. That’s all I’m saying.”

Schofield spoke out against the rumours in June, admitting he was hurt by the rumours about his character.

He said: “When you try for 35 years to be the easiest, most fun person to work with and you read such hurtful and wildly untrue stories from nameless ‘sources’. Obviously I’ll take it on the chin.. I just hope you know me better.”