Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have been forced to defend themselves against accusations that they jumped the queue to see the Queen’s coffin (Picture: ITV)
ITV sources have voiced ‘serious concerns’ for This Morning’s Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield following fierce debate over whether they skipped the queue to see the Queen lying in state.
The pair have been fiercely scolded on social media after they appeared inside Westminster Hall without taking part in the public line and instead using press access.
Both Willoughby and Schofield addressed the uproar in a statement on the ITV programme, insisting they ‘respected’ the rules set for the media.
According to insiders, channel bosses have raised ‘real’ concerns about the duo’s welfare following the drama and they are supporting them all the way.
‘The abuse has been nothing short of disgusting, not least as they have done nothing wrong and were fully entitled to media accreditation so they could inform their viewers,’ a source said.
They added to the Mirror: ‘There is huge, real and serious concerns over their wellbeing and ITV are fully supporting them behind the scenes in the face of such relentless trolling. The channel backs them 110%.’
The pair appeared inside Westminster Hall after being given permission as part of journalists and media (Picture: ITV)
Willoughby and Schofield have received a furious backlash since pictures first appeared of them visiting the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall before the state funeral, with a petition calling for their axe from TV surpassing 50,000 signatures.
During Monday’s special episode reflecting on the days since the Queen’s death, Willoughby said in a voiceover: ‘Like hundreds of accredited broadcasters and journalists we were given official permission to access the hall.
‘It was strictly for the purpose of reporting on the event for millions of people in the UK who have not been able to visit Westminster in person.
‘The rules were that we would be quickly escorted around the edges to a platform at the back.
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