Holly Willoughby quits This Morning

Tuesday 10 October 2023

Holly Willoughby has announced she is stepping down from presenting This Morning after 14 years on the ITV show.

The TV star, 42, said it was an “honour to just be part of its story” but that she feels “I have to make this decision for me and my family” in a social media post on Tuesday.

It comes after a 36-year-old man was remanded in custody last week charged over an alleged plot to kidnap and murder Ms Willoughby.

Ms Willoughby took to Instagram to announce her departure, thanking showrunners and fans for her time on the hit show.

She told followers: "I have let ITV know today that after 14 years, I will not be returning to This Morning. To everyone who has ever worked on the show over the years, thank you so so much.

“This is such a difficult goodbye, you are incredible and I forever will be proud of what we’ve done together.

“Most of all, thank you to the wonderful viewers. You’ve been so loyal, so supportive and the very best company every day."

Willoughby has three children – Belle, Harry and Chester – with husband Daniel Baldwin, who she married in 2007.

Willoughby's full statement to fans

Responding to the statement, ITV bosses said the broadcaster is looking forward to working with Holly Willoughby “in the future”.

In a statement, Kevin Lygo, managing director of media and entertainment at ITV, said: “We are sad that Holly is leaving This Morning, but respect her decision which we know will have been extremely difficult for her to make.

“Holly is one of the best loved, respected and most accomplished broadcasters in the UK.

“She has been at the heart of This Morning for the past 14 years, and she is adored by our viewers.

“Holly has brought her unique brand of warmth, energy, humour and fun to one of the country’s most popular daytime shows, and everyone on the programme will miss her enormously.

“She remains a much loved member of the ITV family and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.”

The TV presenter pulled out of hosting This Morning on Thursday and her London home was reportedly being guarded by police after a man was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of conspiracy to kidnap.

Willoughby’s former co-host Phillip Schofield left the show earlier this year after he admitted to having a relationship with a younger male former colleague.