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Holly Willoughby absent from This Morning as presenter takes two-week break

The Independent
The Independent
 2022-01-17

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Fans of the ITV chat show This Morning were surprised to see regular presenter Holly Willoughby absent from today’s (17 January) instalment.

The presenter, who normally hosts alongside Phillip Schofield , is taking a two-week sabbatical from the series in order to film a new project for the BBC.

Schofield was instead joined by former Saturdays Rochelle Humes . Willoughby’s absence, however, was not addressed until partway through the show.

The pair opened the show by interviewing a skateboarder who had gone viral on the internet.

After concluding the segment, Schofield addressed viewers, telling them: “Rochelle is here, as you can see, keeping Holly’s seat warm.”

He added: “She’s off with the Ice Man, making a show at the moment.”

Willoughby is currently working on the forthcoming BBC series Wim Hof’s Superstar Survival .

The series will see a number of celebrities tackle survival challenges in harsh conditions, and is hosted by Willoughby and comedian Lee Mack.

Willoughby will, however, continue to feature on Dancing On Ice , flying back for the weekend shows to host alongside Schofield.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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