Holly Willoughby still absent from 'This Morning' as 'annoying red line won't go away'

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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield
Holly Willoughby is absent from 'This Morning' as she is still testing positive for coronavirus. (ITV)

Holly Willoughby is absent from This Morning for a second week as she continues to test positive for COVID.

Josie Gibson joined Phillip Schofield on the ITV morning show yet again as they revealed Willougby, 41, was going "crazy" in self-isolation.

Schofield told viewers: "Welcome to your Monday this morning, Josie is back! I’ve been texting Holly all through the weekend and she’s absolutely fine.

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"She just has that incredibly persistent and annoying red line that won’t go away. So she’ll be sitting at home – it’s driving her crazy."

Over the weekend the TV presenter shared a picture of herself in the garden wearing a dressing-gown and soaking up the sunshine, captioned: "Just what the doctor ordered."

ITV first announced that Willoughby had tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday 13 March and she was forced to miss presenting the Dancing On Ice semi-final that evening.

As of 24 February people in England are no longer legally required to self-isolate if they test positive for COVID-19, but government advice states they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, of they can.

Josie Gibson has joined Phillip Schofield to co-host 'This Morning' for a second week. (ITV)
Josie Gibson has joined Phillip Schofield to co-host 'This Morning' for a second week. (ITV)

Gibson, 37, joined Scofield on the This Morning sofa last week and Schofield gave viewers an update on Willoughby's condition saying she was "fine, just annoyed".

He himself was absent from the ITV studio after he contracted COVID-19 last month.

But he joined Alison Hammond and co-host Rochelle Humes via video-link on the ITV daytime show to give them an update on his condition.

Willoughby had taken a leave of absence that week to film new survival show Wim Hof’s Superstar Survival, featuring The Iceman.

Schofield told viewers of Dancing On Ice semi-final: "As you can see Holly isn’t here tonight. We found out just a few hours ago that she’s tested positive for COVID.

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Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby

'Dancing On Ice' TV show, Series 13, Episode 6, Hertfordshire, UK - 28 Feb 2021
Holly Willoughby missed the 'Dancing On Ice' 2022 semi-final. (ITV/Shutterstock)

“I know what it’s like to watch this show from home, it is really weird. Holly, get well soon, lots of love.”

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When he was absent Schofield was replaced by Willougby's old children’s television sidekick Stephen Mulhern, who joined her to co-host the celebrity skating show.

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