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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield queue row UPDATE: Petition to remove duo from TV hits target of 75,000 signatures

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A PETITION to sack This Morning's iconic hosts has passed its target of 75,000 signatures, as fans come to Holly and Phil's defence.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have been the subject of controversy after being accused of skipping the 12-hour queue to see the Queen Lying in State ahead of her funeral last Monday.

Now, a petition to have the pair axed from TV has reached its target signatures tally of 75,000 - but in response to public outcry, fans of the pair have come to their defence.

Responding to Holly's recent Instagram post, one fan said:  “Hope you’re doing OK. New week, new start…".

And a second echoed: “Morning 😍 please don’t take no notice of a few members of the public they got nothing better to do 😢”

Read our Holly & Phil live blog below for the latest updates...

  • Viewers of This Morning concerned for the presenters’ mental health

    As Holly and Phil host This Morning, fans on Monday rushed to Twitter to express their concerns for the presenting duo’s mental health as queue gate continues.

    Fans are warning those writing negative comments to remember the impact such behaviour has on a person’s mental health.

    One wrote: ‘’Be kind. These words hurt.’’

    Another tweeted: ‘’Please publicly support Phill and Holly. This is getting out of hand now.’’

  • Creator of Holly & Phil petition will no longer watch them on TV

    Laura Harrison, who created the petition to axe the This Morning duo from our screens has said she will no longer watch Holly and Phil on TV.

    In an update on the Change.org petition yesterday, she wrote: ‘’I’ve asked ITV to deliver any responses relating to this to the public and not to me, as I won’t be following the news, or watching the programme, or sharing anything online, or through social media.

    ‘’I want nothing more than for this topic to end. I want positivity not hostility and negativity. The concerns raised by this have been shared with Ofcom and ITV, and that’s all I can do.’’

  • Labour’s Angela Rayner ‘worried’ about Holly & Phil online abuse

    Speaking at a fringe event at Labour’s conference in Liverpool yesterday, Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner expressed her concern at the backlash the This Morning duo are facing on social media.

    Describing the torrent of abuse as “really damaging”, Ms Rayner said: “I’ve been worried about them because even though they are celebrities… they are human beings and I just think ‘wow’.

    ‘’The way in which the online attack on them, as a human being to have that, I just think is really damaging.”

    Ms Rayner also added that the sheer scale of online abuse the pair are facing would mean it is important for parliament to legislate on the matter.

  • Richard Ayoade rips Holly and Phil over Queuegate scandal

    Richard Ayoade tore into Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield over the queuegate scandal on Have I Got News For You.

    “ITV’s Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield… apparently just appeared in Westminster Hall on Sunday without having spent the previous 36 hours queueing,” Ayoade said.

    “Just appeared? Like a haunting?” comedian Roisin Conaty asked.

    Ayoade continued: “They’ve had to present ‘Hello Good Morning’ for five years, which you would’ve thought is punishment enough.”

  • Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield defended by Clodagh McKenna’s husband Harry Herbert

    This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were defended by the show’s chef’s husband.

    Mail Online reports that Clodagh McKenna’s husband, Harry Herbert, the son of the 7th Earl of Carnarvon and brother of the current Earl, has claimed the backlash the presenters are facing is “awful”

    He added that they never jumped any queue.

  • Takeaway makes ‘tasteless’ Holly and Phil joke

    A North East takeaway made a joke about Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield skipping the queue during the Queen’s Lying-in-State.

    However, many have branded it as “tasteless”.

    Yahoo! News reports that Stockton-based Moja Indian takeaway posted a joke about the This Morning presenters on their social media account on Friday morning – by photoshopping Phil and Holly on to the background of the shop – with the caption “Apologies to everyone who is waiting on their order – we’ve just had Phil and Holly come in and order a meal #VIPTreatment.”

    However, a lot of people suggested the joke was “tasteless”, with one social media user said: “It’s all getting very boring and irrelevant now, while another added: “What happened to being kind? Give it a rest.”

  • Phillip Schofield disappears from We Buy Any Car ad

    We Buy Any Car’s social media pages have replaced Phillip Schofield’s smiling picture.

    Instead, there is now a shot of a happy family consisting of a mum and dad and happy children.

    But Phillip appears lower down on the company’s social media feeds.

    Click here to read more.

  • Alison Hammond helping Holly survive queue-gate row

    Holly Willoughby’s This Morning co-star Alison Hammond is said to be helping her deal with the trauma of the queue-gate row.

    A source told MailOnline: “Alison, Dermot, Phil and Holly are incredibly close and tight-knit. 

    “When things started to blow up over the weekend they were in touch straight away to offer their support.

    “Alison, in particular, has spoken many times with Holly over the phone and been a real rock.”

  • Fears Holly and Phil could be booed at NTA

    Holly and Phill have won a gong for This Morning every year since 2011, but now ITV bosses think the iconic duo could be booed off the stage.

    A source said: “They could be booed walking down the red carpet or even on stage. It’s a major concern.”

    The NTAs take place on October 13.

    Click here for more.

  • ITV jumps to Holly and Phil’s defence

    Following the backlash against Holly and Phil over queue gate, ITV released the following statement:

    “They did not jump the queue, have VIP access or file past the Queen lying in state – but instead were there in a professional capacity as part of the world’s media to report on the event.”

    Some fans have questioned this position though, as Holly and Phil are yet to release any form of report on the event.

  • Holly and Phil ‘weren’t on the list’ for Her Majesty’s lying in state

    Over the weekend, one source said Holly & Phil were not even on the guestlist before their arrival at Westminster Hall to see the Queen.

    An insider explained: “When they got there, their names weren’t on the list so there were some discussions and – after some back and forth – Phil and Holly were given access and they were ushered through. The whole thing caused a bit of a hoo-ha.”

    Click here to read more.

  • Explained: Holly & Phil’s friendship

    After working side-by-side for more than 15 years, Holly and Phil have forged a bond that cannot be broken – and one that is full of laughter.

    Even in uncertain times such as these, the duo appears to remain friends – both on and off air.

    Stay tuned for the latest updates.

  • What have Holly and Phil said?

    Holly and Phil have denied any wrongdoing, following allegations that they skipped the queue to see Her Majesty’s lying in state.

    In her defence, Holly said: “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 haven’t 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. In contrast those paying respects walked along a carpeted area beside the coffin and were given time to pause.

    “None of the broadcasters and journalists took anyone’s places in the queue and no one filed past the Queen. 

    “We of course respected those rules however we realised that it may have looked like something else and therefore we totally understand the reaction.

    “Please know that we would never jump a queue.”

  • Emma Kenny jumps to Holly and Phil's defence

    This Morning regular Emma Kenny has taken to Twitter to defend her colleagues.

    She said:" The treatment of Phil and Holly is inexcusable full stop.

    "No matter what people feel, the reaction is a huge overreach in my opinion x."

    This comes as the petition to have the pair axed from TV hits 74,500 signatures.

  • Queue gate Petition maker gives update

    The creator of the petition to AXE Holly and Phil from TV has given an update, stating it is "kind of destroying" them.

    "I’ve asked ITV to deliver any responses relating to this to the public and not to me, as I won’t be following the news, or watching the programme, or sharing anything online, or through social media," the update said.

    "I want nothing more than for this topic to end. I want positivity, not hostility and negativity. The concerns raised by this have been shared with Ofcom and ITV, and that’s all I can do. 

    "I want to begin the week on a more positive note, and I don’t want to think about the programme anymore. It’s kind of destroying me. Words will be twisted, but the intent was always to prevent people being hurt time and time again by these TV shows."

  • Petition to have Holly and Phil AXED from TV just 500 signatures away from goal

    The petition to have the iconic duo axed from British TV is just 500 signatures away from its target of 75,000.

    While the petition is almost certain to reach its goal, ITV has remained firmly in the court of Holly and Phil, with no indications they will be sacked.

    The pair returned to This Morning today.

  • Fears Holly and Phil could be booed at NTA

    Holly and Phill have won a gong for This Morning every year since 2011, but now ITV bosses think the iconic duo could be booed off the stage.

    A source said: “They could be booed walking down the red carpet or even on stage. It’s a major concern.”

    The NTAs take place on October 13.

    Click here for more.

  • Loose Women star makes 'sly dig' at Holly and Phil

    Loose Women star Janet Street-Porter took aim at Holly and Phil today, as Brits continue to fume following "queue gate."

    "I'm at a party with loads of famous people and getting into the VIP area without any... queuing," she said.

    Holly and Phillip came under fire last week when they were accused of jumping the queue at the Queen's laying-in-state, which they deny.

    The subject has not been raised on ITV at all, bar a statement that Holly read on This Morning on Tuesday last week.

  • Phillip Schofield sees social media following plummet amid ‘queue gate’ controversy

    Fans are seemingly abandoning Phillip Schofield as his choice to skip the queue to see Her Majesty continues to enrage Brits.

    In the last 12 months, Phil has lost 117,769 fans across Twitter and Instagram.

    Could this massive drop in following be a response to “queue gate?”

  • This Morning fans defend Holly Willoughby as she makes Instagram return

    Prior to today's This Morning episode, Holly returned to Instagram for the first time since the outset of "queue gate."

    One fan commented beneath her photos: "I missed these posts! Looking lovely 🙌🏼 hope you’re doing ok 💖."

    Another said: "There she is brightening our day! Keep doing what you do beautiful lady! You have more lovers than haters xxx."

    A third said: "Hope you’re doing OK. New week, new start…" as a fourth echoed: "Morning 😍 please don’t take no notice of a few members of the public they got nothing better to do 😢"

    Click here to read more.

  • ITV jumps to Holly and Phil’s defence

    Following the backlash against Holly and Phil over queue gate, ITV released the following statement:

    “They did not jump the queue, have VIP access or file past the Queen lying in state – but instead were there in a professional capacity as part of the world’s media to report on the event.”

    Some fans have questioned this position though, as Holly and Phil are yet to release any form of report on the event.

  • Nightclub lets anyone called Holly or Phil skip the queue

    A NIGHTCLUB is offering anyone called Phil or Holly the chance to jump its queue.

    The deal follows claims TV pair Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby skipped the line to see the Queen's coffin.

    Huddersfield's Five Bar says punters can take advantage this weekend. A Facebook post states: "If you are lucky enough to be called Holly or Phil there will be no public queueing for you."

    Other businesses also joined the backlash after This Morning hosts Phil, 60, and Holly, 41, sailed past mourners in line at Westminster Hall. Earlier this week Domino's Pizza tweeted: "Apologies to anyone waiting on their pizza, we've just received an order from Holly and Phil."

    And The London Dungeon said visitors asking for a "Holly & Phil" would "gain queue jumping rights, jostling past peasants who have been waiting their turn".

    five bar in HuddersfieldCredit: Five Bar
  • Kim Woodburn was left ‘appalled’ by Holly and Phil

    Speaking on GB News, How Clean Is Your House star Kim Woodburn hit out at the iconic duo, calling for ITV to sack them both for “lying.”

    She told the channel: “Their self-serving publicity stunt cam back to bite them on the bum, didn’t it? I’m appalled by them.

    “There were many people in that queue, people with wheelchairs and walking sticks. And Holly and Phillip think because they are on TV they can flout the rules.

    “They’re telling lies and they’ve been caught. They’re cocky, they’re self-assured and they are disliked intensely.

    “They should be fired and the crew would say, ‘Yippee. We’ve had enough of these two idiots. They won’t be missed.’”

    Click here to read more.

  • Holly and Phil ‘weren’t on the guestlist’ for Her Majesty’s lying in state

    According to one source, the iconic TV duo were not even on the guestlist before their arrival at Westminster Hall to see the Queen.

    An insider explained: “When they got there, their names weren’t on the list so there were some discussions and – after some back and forth – Phil and Holly were given access and they were ushered through. The whole thing caused a bit of a hoo-ha.”

    Click here to read more.

  • Shanine Bruder

    Petition to AXE Holly & Phil passed 74,000

    The petition to axe Holly and Phil has continued to grow with over 74,000 signatures so far.

    The petition now needs just under 900 signatures to reach its goal.

    Stay tuned for the latest updates.

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