Holly Willoughby vs Phillip Schofield: Is there REALLY a ‘rift’ between This Morning hosts

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield are the undisputed king and queen of daytime TV, fronting fan favourite This Morning for 10 years. The pair frequently have viewers in stitches with their hungover presenting after awards ceremonies, unintentional innuendo and ability to make each other laugh with ease. However, reports have surfaced suggesting the duo do not get on as well as they would have you believe.

Is there REALLY a ‘rift’ between This Morning presenters?

The Sun on Sunday reported Phil and Holly’s relationship has faced “behind-the-scenes tension” after a “bizarre bust-up” ensued over a magazine cover.

The cover in question was the April 7 edition of Sunday Times Magazine, in which Holly and Phil were cheek to cheek, with Holly smiling as she looked at Phil.

The photo showed Holly wearing a cartoon crown, something which the Sun say Phillip was “livid with” and “the mag was forced to write a letter of apology to his management.”

A source told The Sun on Sunday: “To say there has been a bit of tension is an understatement.

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“It all kicked off after Phil and Holly agreed to do the Sunday Times Magazine interview, part of their contractual press obligations with ITV.

“They did it on the understanding they would be given equal billing and the interview would be about their success and popularity as a duo.

“But when the magazine dropped, Phillip was fuming that Holly had a crayon crown airbrushed on to her head while he was crown-less and pictured grumpily looking on in her shadow.

“The article itself was brilliant and the cover was a bit of irreverent fun.

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“But Phillip was pretty peeved, to say the least — not with Holly but with how he had been usurped. For her part, Holly was also quite ­mortified and felt terrible.

“ITV, who set up the interview, kicked off and his team promptly received a letter of apology to smooth things over.

“Tensions spilled out into the ­Birmingham live event when Phillip was grumbling about it. It quickly became the talk of the set.

“Phillip basically stuck his neck on the line for Holly and got her the job on This Morning back in the day. Understandably, the whole thing was a bit galling.

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“Like all best pals, they have their ups and downs. But for both of them, their friendship comes first. Long-term, nothing will get in the way of that.”

However this weekend, Holly seemed to confirm there was no tension between her and her co-star, wishing Phil, 57, a happy Father’s Day.

On Instagram Holly, 38, shared a throwback photo of herself and Phil winning a TV award and wrote: “Talking of important men in my life on Fathers Day. Here’s another one.

“My partner on the telly and one of my best friends in the world… love you @schof.”

Phil replied to her touching post, wishing Holly’s husband Dan Baldwin a happy Father’s Day writing: “Awwww thank you bestie.

“Love you too, Happy Father’s Day to Dan xxxxxx”

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