‘Brave’ Holly Willoughby is ‘throwing gloss’ over This Morning departure
Posted by  badge Boss on Oct 11, 2023 - 04:02AM
Holly Willoughby released a statement to announce her departure (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

announced that she was in a and a communication expert has concluded that she is ‘glossing’ over

The words she chose communicated how tough the decision had been for the 42-year-old presenter.

It began with: ‘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. Thank you to everyone at ITV for being supportive. To every guest who has sat on our sofa, thank you,’ she continued.

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

‘Richard and Judy said “we only look after this show, it will always belong to the viewers”. It’s been an honour to just be part of its story and I know this story has many chapters left to go. Sadly, however, I now feel I have to make this decision for me and my family.

Holly hosted This Morning for 14 years (Picture: S Meddle/ITV/Shutterstock)

‘I will miss you all so much.


Communication expert and author Judi James believes the letter has similarities to the speech Holly made when returning to This Morning after a break in June. It marked the first episode back since Phillip Schofield’s departure and the news that hewith a runner.

‘Right, deep breath. Firstly, are you okay? I hope so. It feels very strange indeed sitting here without Phil,’ she said live on-air.

It also included the statement: ‘I hope that we start this new chapter and get back to a place of warmth and magic that this show holds for all of us, we can find strength in each other.’

Judi noted: ‘This letter is worded in the same “are you okay?” style that she used to reassure her viewers after Schofield left.

‘It is lacking in self-pity but there are hints of what were probably tears as she writes about a “difficult goodbye”, throwing out words like ‘incredible’ ‘wonderful’ and ‘it’s been an honour’ to throw understandable gloss over some of the recent challenges the show has faced,’ she explained.

Judi also pointed out that she has celebrated one group of people in particular.

‘There is a small note of defiance when she says “I will forever be proud of what we’ve done together” but it’s the “wonderful viewers” who get the biggest verbal hug of the lot,’ she revealed.

Holly made the decision partly for her family (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

‘Holly deals with her current nightmare by telling fans that she’s had to “sadly make this decision for me and my family” and it’s that final sense of stoicism and bravery that makes this letter so quietly touching.’

The presenter has made the decision for herself as well as her family, which includes her husband Dan Baldwin and their children, 13-year-old son Harry, 11-year-old daughter Belle and eight-year-old Chester.

The Wylde Moon founder’s departure comes after she was said to have been  moments before it was set to air last Thursday over an alleged kidnap plot.

Last Wednesday, a man named Gavin Plumb, 36, was  with soliciting to commit murder and incitement to commit kidnap of the ITV presenter.