Holly Willoughby sparked concern among This Morning fans as she missed the show for a second day in a row on Thursday.
Phillip Schofield, 58, made a brief reference to the presenter’s absence as he revealed: ‘Holly’s having a day off, she’s back on Monday.’
Fan favourite Holly, 39, was replaced by broadcaster Davina McCall, 53, on Thursday after Alison Hammond, 45, filled in on Wednesday’s edition.
Fans took to Twitter to express their confusion over the last-minute switch as they said: ‘Where the hell is Holly!!! There’s something going on here #ThisMorning.
What’s going on? Holly Willoughby sparked concern among This Morning fans as she missed the programme for a second day in a row on Thursday (last pictured on the series on Tuesday)
‘#ThisMorning still no Holly then? Curiouser and curiouser…What’s the craic with holly then….has phil had her banished? #ThisMorning.
‘Definitely something weird going on with Holly #ThisMorning…Holly still on her extended day off I see #ThisMorning.
‘Somethings going on with #ThisMorning weird about Holly having ‘days off’ when she was due to be on air and there’s suddenly a lack of celebrities and call ins with agony aunts, weird.
‘Why are they being cagey about why Holly isn’t there? They are usually very open and transparent !!! #thismorning.
‘Holly’s having a day off, she’s back on on Monday’: Phillip Schofield, 58, made a brief reference to the 39-year-old presenter’s absence as he joined stand-in host Davina McCall, 53
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Last-minute: Series reporter Alison Hammond , 45, filled in the fan favourite’s shoes on Wednesday’s edition (pictured)
Over to you: The broadcasters appeared in great spirits as they introduced the show following Lorraine Kelly’s eponymous show
Complementing each other: The dynamic duo got on like a house on fair, with TV star Davina looking radiant in a navy jumper, while Dancing On Ice’s Phillip cut a sharp figure in a dark shirt
‘Holly’s having a day off? She has Friday, Saturday, Sunday off every week and every school holiday.
‘Why not just say somethings going on she’s got personal reasons?? What other reason would she be off 2 days on the bounce? Hope she’s ok?! #ThisMorning.
‘What’s happened to holly? They said a break but just come back off holiday back on Monday? Thinking face #ThisMorning.’ (sic)
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Holly and an ITV spokesperson for further comment.
Big Brother’s Davina last stood in for Holly in June, when she skipped the programme to take her three children back to school after a three-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The ITV veteran had shared an image of herself embarking on the ‘new normal’ school run with Harry, 11, Belle, nine, and Chester, five, after she admitted working mum guilt is her ‘biggest challenge’.
Marking the first time they presented the show together, Dancing On Ice’s Phillip asked: ‘We haven’t done this with me before?’, with co-host Davina confirming: ‘No, I don’t think we have’.
Media personality Holly has been the face of This Morning since replacing Fern Britton in September 2009, and often takes breaks from work to spend time with her family during half-term periods and summer holidays.
‘What’s happened to Holly?’ Fans took to Twitter to express their confusion over the last-minute switch
The former Celebrity Juice panellist, who shares her kids with with husband of 12 years Dan Baldwin, discussed experiencing working mum guilt in a candid interview with Red Magazine.
The TV star confessed she never imagined juggling motherhood with a career when she dreamed of having a family.
She explained: ‘Becoming a mum was the only thing I knew I definitely wanted when I was growing up, but the image I had never involved me being a working mum and that’s been the biggest challenge.
‘I’ve been riddled with guilt about getting that part wrong. You love them so much and you don’t want to mess them up.
Holly said her working schedule meant she had missed key days in her children’s lives.
Shake-up: Big Brother’s Davina last stood in for the media personality in June (pictured), when she skipped her stint to take her three children back to school
‘The new norm’:The ITV veteran had shared an image of herself on the school run with Harry, 11, Belle, nine, and Chester, five, after she admitted working mum guilt is her ‘biggest challenge’
The Brighton native added: ‘The truth is, I didn’t do the drop-off on Harry’s or Belle’s first day of school because I was working. I hate that I wasn’t there because those are memories you can’t get back.
‘But I’ve realised the only way that I can combat those feelings is to accept that sometimes I don’t get it right – and that’s fine.’
The TV star added that she’s ‘lucky’ she’s able to greet her kids after school and be there on weekends.
Parenthood serves as number one priority in Holly’s life, so much so that she took her kids out of school when she stood in for Ant McPartlin during the 2018 edition of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! in Australia.
Family first: The mother-of-three often takes breaks from work to spend time with her family during half-term periods and summer holidays