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20th Sep 2022

Reactions pour in to Holly and Phil’s defiant This Morning defence

Jack Peat

People are comparing it to Boris Johnson’s Partygate cover-up 

This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have broken their silence over the criticism they’ve faced since visiting the Queen’s Lying-in-State at Westminster Hall.

Phil, 60, and Holly, 41, have faced backlash after they were spotted walking past queuing mourners and paying their respects in a different line to the public, even leading to a petition to have the two presenters axed.

ITV has since been forced to release a statement clarifying they were there in a professional capacity with “press accreditation”, insisting: “They did not file past The Queen’s coffin”, adding: “Any allegations of improper behaviour are categorically untrue.”

Holly and Phillip appeared on Tuesday’s This Morning after the show took a break so ITV could cover the Queen’s funeral on 19 September.

In a VT, they addressed the backlash, saying: “We were given special permission”, adding: “Please know that we would never jump a queue!”

But not everyone was buying their defiant defence.

Posting on Twitter, Rob Jeffries compared it to Boris Johnson’s Partygate cover-up in which he told Parliament that “no Covid rules were broken” and “all guidance was followed in No 10”.

Eventually, dozens of police fines over Covid law-breaking in government buildings were issued by the Metropolitan Police.

Broadcaster Richard Chambers asked what the pair broadcast other than just them queuing, saying: “What they were supposed to be filming in the queue?”

Anita Singh also suggested the footage obtained from their queue-jumping feat might not be all it’s cracked up to be.

There were memes aplenty in response to Holly and Phil’s statement, with one ‘wejumpanyqueue’ picture getting a lot of love.

Others seemed pretty baffled at their attempt to pull the wool over people’s eyes:

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