Holly Willoughby replaced on This Morning leaving fans confused

Holly Willoughby replaced on This Morning leaving fans confused

This Morning fans were left baffled after Holly Willoughby was replaced by Josie Gibson and Alison Hammond on Thursday’s programme.

Holly, 42, presents Mondays to Thursdays on the ITV daytime programme, joined by the likes of Josie, Alison and Dermot O’Leary since Phillip Schofield’s departure earlier this year.

The former This Morning presenter, 61, quit the programme before resigning from ITV in full after admitting to having an ‘unwise but not illegal’ affair with a younger male former colleague.

Holly later addressed his departure, saying she was ‘shaken, troubled, let down’ and ‘full of questions,’ before she returned to a routine of presenting with a variety of other hosts.

However, she was absent on Thursday’s show, with Josie kicking things off and saying: ‘Look who’s joined me. It’s only the one and only Alison Hammond!’

Alison quipped back: ‘Oh, Josie! I hope you don’t mind, I got a bit jealous.

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‘I saw you and Holly and you were talking about being blonde and I thought I’m going to shake this up a bit. I’m getting in there.’

The pair went on to share giggles at quizzing Sir Chris Whitty over an appearance on Naked Attraction, while elsewhere addressing Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s new rules.

However, fans at home were left wondering where Holly is.

‘Just tuned in, is Holly ill or just ‘off’?’ one questioned.

‘Where’s Holly I missed the beginning,’ another said.

‘Holly having a day off!!’ someone else penned, while another questioned: ‘Not even a mention of why she’s not on today?!’

This comes after Holly recently shared her heartbreak over a family tragedy.

Holly’s sister Kelly took to Instagram to mourn the loss of her uncle Ray in a touching post, thanking him for ‘all the love and laughs.’

Beneath her sibling’s post, Holly left a heartbroken emoji.

Holly’s older sister Kelly, 43, wrote in full: ‘Sleep deep Uncle Ray. We are heartbroken to say goodbye so soon. Thank you for all the love and the laughs.

‘The kids will forever remember you turning up, taking your hat off and watching with glee as packets of Haribo dropped to the floor. We will miss you so much.’

Metro.co.uk has approached ITV for comment.

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV1.

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