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ITV went off air for more than hour as staff were evacuated from their West London television studio amid a reported bomb threat.
The channel pulled a live episode of This Morning during an advert break and cancel following programme Loose Women.
Viewers watching Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby at around 12.15am were left baffled when it returned from an ad break to instead show a highlights reel of old footage.
A tweet from This Morning reads: ‘We apologise for the break in live programming today. We are currently running pre-recorded content and hope to be back with you soon.’
ITV has gone off air and staff have been evacuated from their West London television studio amid a reported bomb threat
Transport for London have White City and Wood Lane stations while police response units investigated the security alert.
Hammersmith and Fulham Police have since confirmed that an ‘item’ reported to them had been assessed as ‘non-suspicious’.
As crew members returned to the studios, This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield posted on social media saying: ‘Back in my dressing room after a security alert.
‘All ok and a thankfully false alarm. Thank you to our team and the Met Police for being amazing… I’ve been to the pub with everyone, now back to get my house keys.’
A Met Police spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘At 11:14hrs on Thursday, 10 March, police were called to reports of a security alert at Wood Lane, White City.
As crew members returned to the studios, This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield posted on social media saying: ‘Back in my dressing room after a security alert’
Transport for London have closed White City and Wood Lane stations while police respond
‘It was reported a suspicious item had been discovered.
‘The area was evacuated as a precaution and White City and Wood Lane tube stations were temporarily closed.
‘The incident was stood down shortly before 12:49hrs. An investigation is ongoing.’
The unexpected change in the TV schedule surprised many, with some taking to social media to share their bewilderment.
One wrote: ‘It took me a few minutes to realise this is a taped edition/ off air. What happened?’
Another wrote: ‘Somone has clearly pressed the wrong button and now I’m having to watch a man talk about a cactus. I’m literally dying at this point.’
‘I’ve not been paying attention all morning, is this a repeat?’ a third viewer posted.
One added: ‘I thought I’d passed out and woken up at 10am’ one baffled viewer posted.
Source: Daily Mail