Watch: Holly Willoughby makes statement on This Morning
Willoughby, 42, told viewers: “Hi there. Good morning. Josie [Gibson], thank you for being here. Right, deep breath.
“Firstly, are you okay? It feels very strange indeed sitting here without Phil.
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Her voice sounded shaken and she appeared to be blinking away tears as she continued: "I imagine you might have a feeling a lot like I have - shaken, troubled, let down and 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 love and support to someone who was not telling the truth.
"Who acted in a way that they themselves felt they had to resign from TV 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'd take on their own mental health."
Willoughby went on: "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 you kind messages and thank you for being here This Morning.
“Myself, Josie, 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.”
Turning to co-host Josie Gibson she added: "On that note Josie."
Gibson told her: "Bring it in. All we can do now is be the family that we are."
The pair embraced and Gibson patted her on the hand.
The mother-of-three always takes the school holidays off work, and has spent half-term with Harry, 14, Belle, 12, and Chester, eight and their dog Bailey.
During her absence Schofield, 61, has resigned from ITV completely after confessing to having a secret affair with a younger production assistant on the show.
Hammond tearfully addressed his confessions on the show on Friday 2 June, saying: "I am just finding it really painful, because obviously, you know, I loved Phillip Schofield and it's weird, because I still love Phillip Schofield.
She added: "As a family we are all really still struggling to process everything."
He apologised to Willoughby for lying to her about his relationship when he spoke to The Sun.
He said: “I’ve lost my best friend. I let her (Holly) down. I let that entire show down. I let the viewers down.
“Holly did not know (about the affair) 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.”
Eamonn Holmes has called Willoughby "false" and claimed Willoughby's friendship with Hammond wasn't real, and that there was "very little contact" between them.
Willoughby issued a statement on her Instagram stories saying: "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."
She added it had "taken time to process" Schofield's confession.
Pictures and videos have since emerged of Willoughby and Schofield with his younger lover.
Since Schofield confession and resignation, he has said in a statement: “Now I no longer work on @thismorning I am free to say this. I hope you have noticed that it’s the same handful of people with a grudge against me or the show who seem to have the loudest voice.
“This Morning is the best show to work on, with the best people. In all the years I worked there there was no toxicity."
But Holmes, who used to work alongside Willoughby and Schofield at This Morning, has claimed: "It's a total cover-up.
"Those in authority had to know what was going on and they thought they would dodge a bullet with this which they do and they do constantly."
Watch: Timeline of Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield's rift