A PETITION calling for Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby to be sacked from This Morning has reached 50,000 signatures amid queue-jump gate.
The Change.org petition titled: ”Axe Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby from TV” was launched on Saturday by Laura Harrison, who branded the daytime duo ‘toxic.’
“If enough people sign we can show ITV that the public do matter,” wrote Laura.
At 6am Tuesday morning the petition was at 15,000, but after a social media campaign led by Politicalite and other social media influencers – it has now hit 50,000 as Brits refuse to believe ITV’s lies about Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby’s trip to Westminster Hall on Friday.
Holly is reportedly “fighting for her job” with The Sun reporting that the former CITV star could quit This Morning over the queue-jumping crisis that has blown up on social media.
In a poll of 1,168 readers, 95% said they believe that Phillip and Holly did jump the queue.
Holly poured even more fuel on the social media fire on Tuesday after the ITV daytime star lied about not jumping the queue, or filing past the Queen at Westminster Hall.
‘QUEUE JUMP’ GATE
Willoughby, 41 and Schofield, 60 came back on air after the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday, and refused to apologise for allegedly pushing a disabled mother out of the queue so they could file past the Queen – as claimed by multiple eye-witnesses.
As the pair denied queue jumping, with Holly producing a piece of pro-This Morning propaganda in which Holly insisted they would “never jump a queue” as they addressed their controversial visit to see the Queen lying in state.
Willoughby said during a VT: “Like hundreds of accredited broadcasters and journalists we were given official permission to access the hall.”
“None of the broadcasters and journalists there took anyone’s place in the queue and no one filed past the Queen. We of course respected those rules.”
“However, we realise that it may have looked like something else, and therefore totally understand the reaction. Please know that we would never jump a queue.”
Then shock video footage emerged online that showed Phillip, Holly and This Morning editor Martin Frizell clearly jumped the queue, as thousands waited in line.
Footage also showed Phillip and Holly filing past the Queen – proving Holly’s statement was a lie.
Telly sources told Politicalite: “Philip and Holly are dumbstruck at the level of anger they’ve received in the past few days.”
“They’ve been left astonished at the way the whole thing has mushroomed. They felt ITV should have made it clearer, right away, that it was part of a broadcast.”
“Holly, in particular, has been left totally distraught by this. She’s been in floods of tears at some of the things she’s been called and of the behaviour she’s been accused of.”
The insider went on to detail how Holly has been left “heartbroken” that “people think she would behave” in that way.
They are a close knit team but there is a concern at how it has impacted on Holly and has left many wondering if it’s pushed her close to the exit,” the source concluded.