Holly Willoughby breaks silence on ‘difficult’ year and reveals fears for future – as This Morning is booed at the NTAs | The Sun

HOLLY Willoughby has broken her silence on a "difficult year" filled with "ups and downs" following former This Morning co-star Phillip Schofield's exit.

Earlier this year, Phillip, 61 – Holly's longtime best pal and co-star – was axed from the show and ITV more widely after admitting to an affair with a much younger male colleague.

At Tuesday's National Television Awards Holly, 42 – dressed in a stunning lilac dress – addressed a tricky few months to The Sun.

Speaking at London's O2 Arena, she candidly opened up on This Morning's show future and said: "If I'm honest it's been really up and down.

"But what's lovely is people rallying around you. The support is there. People want us to do well. It all feels good again.

"I just want to the future to continue as it is. We are very blessed we have a great team of people we really do.

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"Everybody has been so lovely tonight and everyone is so happy to meet you. I mean you're in their living room everyday it's not like meeting someone from Coronation Street.

"I know there's been a lot of talk about things and for me personally, I don't want to speak on behalf of other people, it's a world I don't recognise.

"For me, I look around and see the team getting ready and giving it all. I just want to come to work and have more of that."

Holly was attending her first NTAs without Phil.

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She faced more awkward moments in the huge south east London venue as This Morning was booed by fans.

Holly's frank words came after it was revealed Phillip had unfollowed her on Instagram – before she posted a lengthy message about "releasing negativity" and "new beginnings."

Holly returned to This Morning this week following a seven-week summer break.

Yet her comeback didn't go down well with some fans, who blasted the show's "worst opening ever."

She made her return following the turmoil that engulfed This Morning in the spring.

On Monday, The Sun exclusively revealed how axed anchor Phil was soaking up the sunshine at the pub as the episode aired.

A host of stand-in presenters filled in for Holly during the summer break, including Josie Gibson, Craig Doyle and Andi Peters.

On Wednesday, Alison will be replaced by Craig as the popular Irish anchor takes the reigns.


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