‘Verge of tears’: This Morning fans worried for Holly Willoughby after queue backlash | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

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During Wednesday’s instalment of This Morning, many fans pointed out that presenter Holly Willoughby appeared puffy-eyed suggesting she’d been crying beforehand. It comes after the ITV hosts received a wave of backlash from the public after they were accused of using their celebrity status to skip the long queue to see the Queen lying in state at Westminster last week.

Following the heavy backlash they received, the duo addressed the situation at the start of Tuesday’s show.

In a pre-recorded voiceover showing footage of Queen Elizabeth II lying in state, Holly explained that they were given official permission to access the hall align with other press.

Stating that reporters and journalists didn’t skip the queue or take anybody’s place, they acknowledged how it could have been perceived.

Despite their apology, the public was left less than impressed with a petition for them to be axed from the show surpassing 40,000.

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The source continued to add that as Holly has never had to deal with public anger like this before in her career, she’s been left extremely upset.

A petition called “Axe Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby from TV” was set up four days ago and currently has 42,341 signatures. 

Calling for more people to sign, the petition claims ITV should be ashamed of “exploiting” the Queen lying in state.

Part of the description in the petition calls the presenters “toxic” as they publicly call for them to be removed from TV.

However, An ITV source confirmed to The Sun that despite the ongoing calls for them to be axed, Holly isn’t planning on going anywhere.

They said: “This Morning has been her life for more than a decade and the only way she’d consider quitting at this stage is if viewers really didn’t want her there.

“She’s tried to give their side of the story on the show today and they’re both hoping to move on from it now.”

This Morning continues weekdays on ITV from 10am

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