Holly Willoughby really happy as Phillip reaches out after kidnap plot

Holly Willoughby really happy as Phillip reaches out after kidnap plot

Phillip Schofield has reportedly reached out to Holly Willoughby after a man was charged over an alleged plot to kidnap her.

Last week, it was alleged that Essex man Gavin Plumb had plotted to kidnap Holly, and had hired a hitman to murder the 42-year-old TV host.

Sources say Holly was "really happy" to reconnect with best friend and This Morning co-star Phil after his public fall from grace earlier this year.

Philip departed the prime breakfast television slot after his affair with a younger colleague was leaked.

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The 61-year-old had reportedly kept his distance since the affair emerged five months ago, having lied to Holly about the inappropriate relationship.

Now, after Holly's ordeal, a source told The Mirror, "Phil was absolutely horrified to hear she had been allegedly targeted in such a sickening way and decided to reach out to her, in spite of their lack of contact.

"He wanted her to know he was thinking of her and her family."

The source suggested their relationship could be on the mend, adding, “The hope is they can regain some of the ground lost, and support each other again.”

Former Pizza Hut worker Plumb, 36, was charged with soliciting a American man, David Nelson, to commit murder.

Plumb remains in custody after appearing at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Friday.

He was also charged with incitement to commit a kidnapping.

He appeared in court wearing a green t-shirt emblazoned with the slogan "Aged to Perfection", and only spoke to confirm his name, age, and date of birth.

Plumb will return to Chelmsford Crown Court on November 3.

A spokesperson for the Essex Police confirmed the case is being handled as quickly as possible, commenting: "This was an extremely fast-paced investigation, with many of our officers and national partners working overnight to secure these charges."

Holly is now staying at her home in London, which is now receiving around-the-clock security provided by both the police and ITV.

An ITV spokesperson said, "This news has come as a huge shock to everyone at 'This Morning' and ITV.

"We are providing all of the support we can to Holly and her family at this incredibly distressing time."

Since Plumb's arrest, Holly has not graced the sofa of This Morning, instead being replaced by Alison Hammond.

There is not yet any information on when Holly will return to daytime screens.

Another source for The Mirror is confident it will not be anytime soon: "Given the terrifying things she heard this week, the question of returning to work could not be further from her mind.”

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