26 Jun 19
The Irish Sun
HOLLY Willoughby squirmed and This Morning viewers threatened to switch off after a guest had her spots popped on live TV today.
The 38-year-old looked uncomfortable as skincare expert Caroline Hirons squeezed a spot from a volunteer’s face on today’s show.
Holly Willoughby squirmed as the guest got her spot popped live on air this morning
Caroline was appearing on the show to give viewers a demonstration of how they should pop their spots correctly.
Grabbing the guest’s face, the expert began pinching the skin around the spot.
But as Caroline went to pop the spot it was clear to see that Holly was not comfortable with the situation as she began squirming.
And Phil made a quick joke that Holly was wearing the right colour dress for the job.
The spot expert demonstrated the correct spot popping procedure
Despite the jokes, fans immediately took to Twitter to share their disgust.
One wrote: “Spot squeezing on #ThisMorning urgh no need for it.”
Another said: “Spot popping??? Nah you’re alright thanks……catch you guys later #ThisMorning”
A third simply wrote: “Time to switch off.”
Meanwhile, the spot debate is unlikely the biggest thing on Phillip’s mind at the moment, after The Sun On Sunday recently revealed that the presenter had cost Amanda Holden, 48, a job on This Morning while Holly was away presenting I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.
A second star also complained about Phillip’s “overbearing” behaviour.
Fuming Amanda complained to bosses that she missed out on a role co-hosting This Morning because Phillip had branded her “difficult to manage”.
A former daytime TV executive said: “Phillip actively campaigned for Rochelle Humes to get the job despite Amanda being more experienced — and having been told privately she’d got the gig.
Phil is currently involved in a feud with Amanda Holden after he reportedly ‘blocked’ Amanda from standing in for Holly last year
“She feels Phil unfairly used his powers of persuasion. She was told he’d chosen Rochelle because she was easier to ‘manage’ on air – and understandably that incensed her.”
Amanda raised concerns at a meeting with Kevin in September.
The former executive continued: “For years, Phillip has been the king of daytime TV, and seen as a bit of a God, utterly untouchable.
“But a few people have had noses put out of joint. Amanda, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, plus other key talent, have been especially vocal.
Rochelle Humes was given the job presenting alongside Phillip instead
“Things are increasingly toxic when the cameras stop rolling, and a few ITV people are secretly delighted that things are starting to emerge.”
And yesterday Fern Britton’s former agent, Jon Roseman has weighed in on their spat after accusing Phil of manipulating ITV bosses.
Mr Roseman told the The Daily Mail: “From day one he began to interfere with the editorial content of the show. Fern always left it to the editor, a mistake she attempted to rectify, but too late.
“His stranglehold was too tight by the time she recognised what he was up to. Their ability to work together was up there with the Eamonn Holmes/Anthea Turner friction.
A Sunday Times magazine cover is thought to have caused tensions between Phil and Holly
“He befriended Simon Shaps, the then boss of the network centre. After this friendship, all bets were off … he just got what he wanted.”
His claims that the host has a reputation as an “arch manipulator” came after Amanda revealed Phil ignored her attempt to patch things up with an “olive branch coffee” last year.
Meanwhile, Holly and Phil’s friendship was tested after a Sunday Times interview featured the pair on the front cover airbrushing a crown onto Holly’s head, but leaving Phillip’s bare.
It’s subdeck read: “How Holly Willoughby eclipsed Phillip Schofield and became Britain’s hottest TV star”. The magazine’s team later wrote a letter of apology to the silver fox’s management.
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A source told The Sun on Sunday at the time: “To say there has been a bit of tension is an understatement. 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.”
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