Reading their quotes, he said: ‘”We didn’t jump the queue, we were working”. Why was your boss there working with you?’
‘Why was she wearing a mask? Is she allergic to the public?’ Clare asked.
Holmes answered: ‘No, she does that. ‘”Holly’s in tears”, but Holly’s always in tears. But wearing a mask – I think she’s quite fearful, germophobic.’
Webster stepped in to point out that Willoughby and Schofield followed many other broadcasters in ‘fast-tracking’ through the Queen lying in state.
However, Holmes interrupted: ‘They didn’t get a fast-track, they say. Lie. They say they didn’t pay their respects to the body. Lie.
‘What else were they there for? Let’s just tell the truth about the whole thing.
‘They messed up, and instead of being arrogant and saying, “We were there working as journalists”, why don’t they just say, “Yeah, we thought it would be a good idea”.’
Holmes has made no secret of his ongoing feud with Schofield after he and his wife Ruth Langsford were dumped from presenting This Morning on Fridays in 2020.
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In an interview with the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine in February, Holmes branded Schofield ‘passive aggressive’ for cutting his wife off in the middle of a trailer for Loose Women on This Morning in 2019.
He told the publication: ‘Phillip is renowned for snubbing people. He’s very passive-aggressive.
‘It’s up to Ruth to say how she felt, but I was feeling hurt for her. No one would have snubbed me like that.’
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