Holly Willoughby is leaning on Alison Hammond for help over Queuegate

Holly Willoughby has been leaning on Alison Hammond for help whereas she rides out a wave of public anger over allegations she ‘skipped the queue’ to see the  Queen mendacity in state.  

The This Morning star, 41, and her co-host Phillip Schofield, 60, have been the topic of on-line abuse within the wake of the claims and a web-based petition to have the duo fired from their profitable presenting roles has hit greater than 66,000 signatures in six days. 

But amid the backlash the pair have been receiving help from the hosts of Friday’s present, Alison and Dermot O’Leary, with MailOnline understanding that they have been ‘in common contact’ with the pair all this week. 

Holly and Phil haven’t commented on the matter since issuing a press release on Tuesday’s present during which they insisted they ‘didn’t skip the queue’. 

On Thursday night, Holly did, nonetheless, returned to social media for the primary time for the reason that scandal, however solely to congratulate her good friend and This Morning trend presenter Lisa Snowdon for successful Movie star MasterChef. 

‘She’s been a rock’: Holly Willoughby has ben leaning on Alison Hammond for help over Queuegate whereas she rides out a wave of public anger over allegations she ‘skipped the queue’ to see the Queen mendacity in state

Holly has been counting on help from her pals to get her by the previous few days. And even supposing requires Holly and Phil to be sacked may land Alison and Dermot the position as full-time hosts, sources say they’ve remained loyal. 

Phil and Holly are reportedly paid as a lot as £600,000 for presenting the daytime present from Mondays to Thursdays, with Alison and Dermot filling in for Friday’s present. 

Though neither ITV, Holly or Phil have stated they are going to be altering the presenter line-up, that hasn’t stopped hypothesis brewing on who would tackle the highest spot if the duo have been to depart This Morning. 

In accordance with William Hill, Vernon Kay and Rochelle Humes are the two/1 favourites to switch the pair as lead presenter. Dermot is 4/1, the identical worth as Josie Gibson, with Alison, Craig Doyle, Ruth Langsford and Mollie King out there at 5/1.

Fantastic four: Amid the backlash Holly and Phil  have been receiving support from the hosts of Friday's show, Alison and Dermot O'Leary, with MailOnline understanding that they have been 'in regular touch' with the pair all this week

Incredible 4: Amid the backlash Holly and Phil  have been receiving help from the hosts of Friday’s present, Alison and Dermot O’Leary, with MailOnline understanding that they’ve been ‘in common contact’ with the pair all this week

Nonetheless, the hypothesis hasn’t prompted any pressure between the celebs, with a supply telling MailOnline: ‘Alison, Dermot, Phil and Holly are extremely shut and tight-knit. 

‘When issues began to explode over the weekend they have been in contact immediately to supply their help. Alison, specifically, has spoken many occasions with Holly over the telephone and been an actual rock.

‘Dermot and Alison, together with the remainder of the senior members of the ITV staff, all knew they have been going to be visiting Westminster and there’s a sense of shock and bewilderment at how issues have blown up.’

Congratulations: On Thursday evening Holly returned to social media to congratulate her friend and This Morning fashion presenter Lisa Snowdon for winning Celebrity MasterChef

Congratulations: Holly and Lisa are pictured together in 2019

Congratulations: On Thursday night Holly returned to social media to congratulate her good friend and This Morning trend presenter Lisa Snowdon for successful Movie star MasterChef (pictured proper in 2019) 

This Morning insiders imagine they’re now ‘by the worst of the disaster’ however ITV bosses are nonetheless taking steps to verify Phil and Holly get any help they want.

‘ITV has an obligation of care to take care of all of its presenters and a number of the abuse that Phil and Holly have obtained on social media is totally horrendous,’ the supply added.

‘Individuals have gone approach too far in a number of the issues they’re saying and senior administration have saved in common contact with Phil and Holly to test they’re OK. That can keep on till subsequent week once they return to the programme. 

‘These engaged on the present hope, by then, issues can have blown over and that they may be capable to begin to put this nightmare to mattress. However solely time will inform.’

Caught on camera: Holly and Phil were pictured entering the hall through a door which was clearly marked as not for public access - thought to be the entrance for media representatives

Caught on digital camera: Holly and Phil have been pictured getting into the corridor by a door which was clearly marked as not for public entry – considered the doorway for media representatives

Inside the hall: Holly and Phil have faced growing backlash over claims they 'skipped the queue' at Westminster Hall - they deny the claims and say they were given official permission to access the hall

Contained in the corridor: Holly and Phil have confronted rising backlash over claims they ‘skipped the queue’ at Westminster Corridor – they deny the claims and say they got official permission to entry the corridor

The information comes after it emerged that Holly and Phillip have been eager to situation a public apology over ‘queue-gate’, however have been talked out of it after taking authorized recommendation.

Phillip appears to be like downcast on night out with daughter amid royal queue storm 

By Katie Hind, Advisor Editor Showbusiness for The Each day Mail

Under fire: phillip Schofield cut a downcast figure on Wednesday for an evening out with his daughter

Below hearth: phillip Schofield lower a downcast determine on Wednesday for a night out along with his daughter 

Below-fire Phillip Schofield lower a downcast determine on Wednesday for a night out along with his daughter amid the fallout from the royal queue storm.

The presenter regarded drained and dejected in his first off-screen public look since he and This Morning co-star Holly Willoughby have been accused of bypassing the 13-hour line ready to see the Queen mendacity in state.

Dressed neatly in a gray jumper, denims and a black jumper, Schofield seemed to be deep in dialog along with his daughter Molly and her boyfriend Will Grieveson as they visited a restaurant close to his west London house.

They dined on the restaurant till 11pm on Wednesday, with waiters seemingly staying behind to serve them. 

‘The workers have been seen cleansing tables and packing issues away whereas Schofield, 60, and his daughter carried on consuming and consuming,’ stated a witness. 

‘5 minutes after they left, workers have been additionally seen heading house. Perhaps they didn’t wished to hurry Phil.’

The subject of the dinner dialog may properly have been ‘queue-gate’ as Molly is a expertise supervisor at showbusiness company YMU, who’ve represented Schofield for greater than 20 years. She additionally manages stars equivalent to Davina McCall and Rochelle Humes.

An announcement was issued by ITV on Saturday and later broadcast on Tuesday’s This Morning, which was voiced over by Holly however each stopped in need of utilizing the phrase ‘sorry’ – a transfer which has left many viewers livid.

A supply informed MailOnline: ‘Each phrase of the assertion was poured over. Ultimately, it is spectacularly backfired.

‘Initially Holly and Phillip have been ready to apologize in the event that they’d upset anybody as they each simply desperately need to draw a line below the affair. However they have been suggested strongly to not go down that street of claiming sorry.’

Such has been the backlash to the pair that TV insiders are elevating ‘critical issues’ concerning the presenters’ wellbeing after they appeared tearful and muted on This Morning this week.

Within the first episode of the present for the reason that row unfolded, Holly and Phil, 60, strongly denied viewers’ claims they have been ‘too posh to queue’ and stated they’d been in Westminster Corridor on Friday ‘strictly for the aim of reporting on the occasion.’ 

The voiceover additionally hammered house the purpose, ‘Please know that we’d by no means bounce a queue.’ 

Nonetheless some social media customers weren’t satisfied and there have been requires the pair to situation an apology. 

ITV has since doubled down within the row over footage which appeared to present them submitting previous the Queen’s coffin – however Holly is alleged to have been hit notably arduous by on-line backlash and feels they’ve been ‘neglected to dry’, sources beforehand stated.

Channel bosses are standing by the presenters and have raised ‘actual and critical’ issues about their welfare following the ‘relentless’ on-line trolling, The Mirror experiences. 

The favored TV hosts have confronted rising fury after pictures of them showing to ‘skip the road’ emerged on Friday whereas tens of 1000’s of mourners patiently waited for greater than 12 hours to pay their respects to Her Majesty. 

Viewers tweeted accusations the hosts have been ‘too posh to queue’ and a change.org petition to axe the presenters has surpassed 50,000 signatures as viewers seem to reject the celebs’ bid to attract a line below the scandal.

However Holly sparked fear amongst followers on Tuesday after they seen she regarded like she was ‘on the verge of tears’ and had ‘by no means been so quiet.’ 

A TV supply stated on Wednesday evening: ‘The abuse has been nothing in need of disgusting, not least as they’ve completed nothing mistaken and have been totally entitled to media accreditation so they may inform their viewers.

‘There may be large, actual and critical issues over their wellbeing and ITV are totally supporting them behind the scenes within the face of such relentless trolling. The channel backs them 110 per cent.’

ITV has already publicly backed the pair twice, together with in a press release on social media. 

Footage inside Westminster Abbey appeared to indicate Holly and Phil, 60, strolling alongside an space separate from the media field – however ITV has since insisted the celebs didn’t be a part of mourners in submitting previous the coffin. 

Following the pictures circulating on-line, comparisons have been shortly made to different celebrities who queued for hours with most of the people – together with England soccer legend David Beckham and even Holly and Phil’s ITV colleague Susanna Reid, from Good Morning Britain. 

A clearer view: A photo of Westminster Abbey - highlighting where the media box is, where the public queue is and where Holly and Phil appeared to be walking

A clearer view: A photograph of Westminster Abbey – highlighting the place the media field is, the place the general public queue is and the place Holly and Phil seemed to be strolling

An ITV spokeswoman has insisted the presenters didn’t file previous the Queen’s coffin.

The spokeswoman informed MailOnline: ‘This Morning had press accreditation and like different media, Phillip and Holly have been escorted to work from the press gallery by authorities workers. They didn’t file previous The Queen’s coffin. 

‘They have been there alongside a bunch of different broadcasters and nationwide press retailers for an merchandise that was broadcast on Tuesday’s (twentieth) present. Any allegations of improper behaviour are categorically unfaithful.’

Followers additionally expressed concern for Holly on Wednesday’s episode of This Morning claiming she regarded like she had been ‘up all evening crying’. 

MailOnline revealed that the presenters additionally shared an emotional SOS telephone name concerning the ‘devastating’ fierce public backlash.

Not enough: A statement was issued by ITV on Saturday and later broadcast on Tuesday's This Morning (pictured on the show) which was voiced over by Holly, 41, but both stopped short of using the word 'sorry'

Not sufficient: An announcement was issued by ITV on Saturday and later broadcast on Tuesday’s This Morning (pictured on the present) which was voiced over by Holly, 41, however each stopped in need of utilizing the phrase ‘sorry’ 

Birdseye view: This graphic of Westminster Abbey shows the areas permitted for the public and media, and the spot where the presenters were seen

Birdseye view: This graphic of Westminster Abbey reveals the areas permitted for the general public and media, and the spot the place the presenters have been seen

On Tuesday’s episode of This Morning – the primary since ‘queue-gate’ started, Holly and Phil issued a prolonged denial that they’d jumped the queue. 

In a voiceover over a package deal of the pair at Westminster Corridor, Holly defined: ‘Like tons of of accredited broadcasters and journalists we got official permission to entry the corridor.

‘It was strictly for the aim of reporting on the occasion for hundreds of thousands of individuals within the UK who haven’t been capable of go to Westminster in individual.

‘The foundations have been that we’d be shortly escorted across the edges to a platform on the again. 

‘In distinction, these paying respect walked alongside a carpeted space beside the coffin and got time to pause.

Emotional: Fans expressed concern for Holly on Wednesday's episode of This Morning because she looked like she had been 'up all night crying.' Viewers tweeted things like: 'Is Holly ok? She's not looking herself? #ThisMornin

Emotional: Followers expressed concern for Holly on Wednesday’s episode of This Morning as a result of she regarded like she had been ‘up all evening crying.’ Viewers tweeted issues like: ‘Is Holly okay? She’s not trying herself? #ThisMornin

‘Not one of the broadcasters and journalists there took anybody’s place within the queue and nobody filed previous the Queen. We in fact revered these guidelines.

‘Nonetheless, we realise that it could have regarded like one thing else, and subsequently completely perceive the response. Please know that we’d by no means bounce a queue.’ 

MailOnline understands that the pair personally insisted that the fiasco be addressed in the beginning of the present and imagine ITV mustn’t have waited so lengthy to talk out on the matter – spending the weekend ‘locked in talks’ with TV producers. 

Snap happy: Holly and Phil outside the Houses of Parliament. The pair say none of the broadcasters and journalists at the Queen's lying-in-state took anyone's place in the queue

Snap pleased: Holly and Phil outdoors the Homes of Parliament. The pair say not one of the broadcasters and journalists on the Queen’s lying-in-state took anybody’s place within the queue

On the move: Holly and Phil were seen in a video posted on TikTok leaving Westminster Hall after they carried out filming and were accused of jumping the queue

On the transfer: Holly and Phil have been seen in a video posted on TikTok leaving Westminster Corridor after they carried out filming and have been accused of leaping the queue

A supply revealed: ‘Philip and Holly are dumbstruck on the stage of anger they’ve obtained up to now few days. They felt ITV ought to have made it clearer, straight away, that it was a part of a broadcast.’ 

An ITV supply stated: ‘We completely made it clear on the time that it was a part of a broadcast as a result of air on Tuesday. This was communicated from the outset, and we gave this info instantly. There have been no disaster discussions or talks about Holly not being a part of This Morning transferring ahead.’ 

But following Holly and Phil’s on-air clarification, some social media customers weren’t satisfied, with one saying: ‘I am afraid that so-called clarification was approach off the mark. On the finish of the day, Holly and Phil received to see, expertise and really feel that environment and second, all with the privilege of no queue. Us Brit’s are all about equity. This wasn’t.’

One other stated: ‘Too posh to queue are we?? Who do you suppose you might be?’

Gaining traction: The change.org petition calling for the presenters to be axed is getting more and more signatures as time goes on

Gaining traction: The change.org petition calling for the presenters to be axed is getting an increasing number of signatures as time goes on

Nonetheless followers of the pair additionally raised issues about Holly’s psychological well being, with one saying: ‘Is Holly okay? She’s not trying herself? #ThisMorning.’

A second stated: ‘Holly has by no means been so quiet. I do not envy anybody within the public eye #ThisMorning.’

After seeing her trying puffy-eyed on the present, others tweeted: ‘Holly appears to be like like she’s been crying all evening #ThisMorning.’ 

Whereas she and Phillip have been smiling all through the present, they appeared on edge, with Phillip wringing his palms and Holly protectively inserting her arms throughout her physique. 

Holly is alleged to be notably upset over the response and ‘has by no means needed to take care of anger and vitriol like this in her life’, with the scenario even forcing her off social media because the criticism continues. 

EXCLUSIVE: Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield shared ’emotional telephone name after she felt frightened over response to ‘queue-gate” 

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield shared an emotional SOS telephone name concerning the ‘devastating’ fierce public backlash over ‘queue-gate’, MailOnline can reveal. 

A supply informed MailOnline: ‘Phil and Holly began to develop into actually frightened concerning the scenario on Friday evening. They spoke at size and determined they needed to do one thing to guard themselves and the fame of the present.

Following the decision ITV issued a press release in a bid to set the document straight – however the transfer spectacularly backfired.

‘They hoped the assertion would take the warmth however have been completely devastated once they realised it had simply made issues worse.

‘At one level they thought-about releasing their very own message to set issues straight however in the long run they determined to attend till the present so they may communicate on to viewers.’ 

However sources dismissed the concept her job is perhaps on the road, or that she is perhaps seeking to stop the present, saying the pair felt ‘reassured’ by the channel’s help. 

They stated: ‘Phil and Holly began to develop into actually frightened concerning the scenario on Friday evening. They spoke at size and determined they needed to do one thing to guard themselves and the fame of the present.

‘They hoped the assertion would take the warmth however have been completely devastated once they realised it had simply made issues worse.

‘At one level they thought-about releasing their very own message to set issues straight however in the long run they determined to attend till the present so they may communicate on to viewers.

‘Holly has by no means needed to take care of anger and vitriol like this in her life. It is left her so upset and unable to take a look at social media over a lot of the previous couple of days.

‘What was meant to be a beautiful tribute to Her Majesty on her Instagram account has been hijacked by trolls. One factor that has come out of this although undamaged is Phil and Holly’s friendship. They’re nearer than ever.’

In the meantime, the change.org petition, titled ‘Axe Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby from TV’ was began on Friday and has continued to realize traction. 

A supply informed MailOnline: ‘Holly is so disenchanted that she’s develop into the poster woman of this compelled narrative. It is become a circus, and he or she’s been made to face an onslaught of criticism regardless of not doing something mistaken.

‘Holly has been distraught and he or she does imagine one thing ought to have been stated sooner to make clear that herself and Phil have been working at Westminster Abbey and filming for Tuesday’s episode of This Morning.

‘The issue is that the general public would not see Holly as a journalist, they view her as a celeb, however she was there for skilled causes, not private.

‘It is actually unhappy and vastly unfair, that is Holly’s life and her profession means every thing to her. She has continued to co-host This Morning with Phil day-after-day this week regardless of going through fixed public scrutiny as a result of she’s an expert.

‘She undoubtedly will not be quitting the present – she has completed nothing mistaken and there isn’t any cause for her to really feel ashamed.’

Expressing concern: Fans had noticed that Holly looked emotional while on the show

Expressing concern: Followers had seen that Holly regarded emotional whereas on the present 

Not impressed: The presenters have been trolled online with viewers suggesting they're 'too posh to queue' - and even Domino's joined in the criticising

Not impressed: The presenters have been trolled on-line with viewers suggesting they’re ‘too posh to queue’ – and even Domino’s joined within the criticising 

The petition argues morning TV has been ‘monopolised too lengthy’ by the present and claims they need to not get ‘privileges’ extraordinary individuals can’t take pleasure in. 

A supply informed The Mirror: ‘They’re devastated by the response and the best way the false declare they skipped the queue took off on social media. 

Holly has been in tears, and Phil has been very upset. However they have been decided to face the criticism head-on on Tuesday’s present and never shrink back from it.  They hope they will now draw a line below it, and that folks perceive the context.

‘The irony of all of that is that they headed right down to Westminster to work on their day without work on Friday, and spent your complete weekend engaged on the footage, as they have been so decided to ship additional protection for the viewers concerning the Queen.’

Facing the music: During Tuesday's episode the hosts told viewers they would 'never jump a queue' as they addressed the claims following the accusations they were faced with

Going through the music: Throughout Tuesday’s episode the hosts informed viewers they might ‘by no means bounce a queue’ as they addressed the claims following the accusations they have been confronted with

A supply near Holly informed MailOnline that previous to issuing their on-air assertion that they ‘spent most of immediately chatting with producers about queue-gate, they’ve assured her that viewer response has not been as unhealthy because the social media fallout.

‘Many present insiders nonetheless worry what the long run might maintain however bosses appear to have calmed her down from the weekend the place she was very upset about the entire thing. The row has solely introduced her near Philip too.’

A supply added to The Solar on Tuesday night that ‘Holly needed to get attorneys over the weekend over the presentation of this false, very damaging narrative’.

‘She has been devastated by all of the adverse response after she turned as much as work at Westminster Corridor with Phil on Friday, however she’s not going to resign. This Morning has been her life for greater than a decade and the one approach she’d think about quitting at this stage is that if viewers actually did not need her there,’ the supply stated. 

‘She’s tried to offer their aspect of the story on the present immediately they usually’re each hoping to maneuver on from it now. Bosses know Holly remains to be successful with viewers and are relying on her working her magic on the present for a very good whereas but.’

The most recent to wade in on the row is vacationer attraction the London Dungeon, who’ve launched a restricted version quick monitor go known as the ‘Holly & Phil’.

Any customer who asks for a Holly & Phil will be capable to bounce the queue for no additional price till this Friday. 

A London Dungeon spokesperson stated: ‘In the event you’re too good to queue with the remainder of the rabble and demand swift and quick passage into London’s horrible historical past, then that is proper up your alley.

‘Do not be making small discuss with the measly patiently ready plebs when you could possibly be on a one-way path to the entrance of the queue!’ 

Joining the line: Members of the public can be seen queuing to get into Westminster Abbey, and the media box can be seen at the back

Becoming a member of the road: Members of the general public could be seen queuing to get into Westminster Abbey, and the media field could be seen on the again 

But the pair have additionally obtained help from celeb buddies, with Piers Morgan intervening on Tuesday evening as he known as for an finish to the ‘public flogging’.

The 57-year-old broadcaster insisted the response had been ‘overblown’ as he known as on the petition to get them sacked to be axed.

Providing his ideas on the matter, he stated on Piers Morgan Uncensored: ‘All hell broke unfastened about this, they’ve been topic to, I feel, a ridiculously over-the-top marketing campaign. In fact they should not be fired, it is ridiculous.

‘It could have been a misjudgment. I stated myself on this present, I do not suppose anybody ought to have been leaping the queue full cease, whoever you might be, except you’re a world chief and there’s a time situation.’

He continued: ‘Full disclosure, I am a very good good friend of Holly’s. I really feel very sorry for her – she’s completely distraught over the response and genuinely there was clearly in her head a blurring of the road about work – when you’re working – protecting it – I feel quite a lot of journalists went by it.’

It was beforehand revealed that round 250,000 individuals paid their respects in individual to the Queen by seeing her coffin – with all of them having to queue for hours. 

Tradition Secretary Michelle Donelan gave the determine the morning after the nation’s longest-reigning monarch was buried at Windsor Fort. 

The Queen lay in state in Westminster Corridor for 4 days, with the final mourners passing by round 6.30am on Monday morning, simply hours forward of Her Majesty’s state funeral. 

The ultimate individuals have been admitted to the road to see the Queen’s coffin at about 10.30pm on Sunday, which gave them time to make it by earlier than the closure at 6.30am the next morning. The road was opened at 5pm final Wednesday.

The final member of the general public to be allowed in was Christina Heerey, who serves within the Royal Air Pressure. Members of parliamentary workers then adopted her, with a tearful Black Rod Sarah Clarke the final individual to stroll previous the coffin.

The queue to see the late Queen earlier than she was laid to relaxation peaked at a 25-hour wait, and was so long as 5 miles, ending in Southwark Park.

Statement: On Saturday, This Morning bosses denied show hosts Holly and Phillip had 'VIP access' and filed 'past the Queen lying in state'

Assertion: On Saturday, This Morning bosses denied present hosts Holly and Phillip had ‘VIP entry’ and filed ‘previous the Queen mendacity in state’ 

Nearly all of individuals waited between 14 and 16 hours to see the coffin, amongst them former England footballer David Beckham. 

David wiped a tear from his eye as he approached the Queen’s coffin following a 13-hour wait on Friday, after admitting to tv cameras: ‘I believed it might be quieter coming at 2am… I used to be mistaken!’

The soccer legend, 47, was amongst 1000’s to hitch the five-mile queue and bought a field of doughnuts to share along with his fellow mourners, managing to keep away from detection for hours due to the ‘mutual respect’ he shared with them.

The previous Manchester United striker lastly reached the Queen’s coffin at about 3.30pm after lining up for 13 hours, and took just some seconds to bow his head earlier than transferring on to make approach for the individuals behind him.

He revealed that an MP had provided to permit him to skip the queue and enter the corridor with them, however he declined the supply. 

MPs got as much as 4 additional tickets to skip the road and enter Westminster Corridor to pay their respects – however this sparked backlash after their workers weren’t entitled to the identical remedy.

MPs workers reportedly ‘inundated’ Commons authorities with complaints after discovering they might not be capable to bounce the road, regardless of many different parliamentary staff being entitled to take action – together with friends, MPs themselves, cleaners and cooks – are capable of skip the queue, these working for MPs usually are not.

Beck of the queue: The majority of people waited between 14 and 16 hours to see the coffin, among them former England footballer David Beckham

Beck of the queue: Nearly all of individuals waited between 14 and 16 hours to see the coffin, amongst them former England footballer David Beckham

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