Holly Willoughby has reportedly made a vow to never publicly talk about the recent scandal surrounding Phillip Schofield again, after addressing it this week during live morning TV.
The This Morning presenter, 42, who returned to the show on Monday, 5 June, after an extended half-term break, told the British public that she felt 'shaken and let down' by her former best friend, while reading out a statement.
It came after an intense few weeks for the popular daytime show, during which long-time host Philip stepped down from his role, amid "feud" rumours with Holly. He admitted to anaffair with a younger male colleague just days later.
The fallout has resulted in intense scrutiny for Phillip, Holly, and This Morning, as the show's culture has been branded "toxic" and some people have even questioned Holly's validity to continue as presenter.
After sharing her thoughts with a pre-prepared statement on the show, it seems that Holly will be drawing a line under it when it comes to her public persona.
“This is the only time Holly will ever speak about Phil and what has happened. She still feels incredibly angry and upset by his actions and is very much still trying to get her head around it," a source told The Sun.
They added, “It took a lot for Holly to compose herself and speak about what has gone on in the last few weeks. But people expecting her to sit and pour her heart out will be waiting for a long time."
OK! has approached Holly's representatives for comment.
Phillip apologised for lying to his colleagues and family while revealing his affair via a statement to the Daily Mail last month, before sharing details of the ordeal in a tell-all BBC interview last week.
During the interview, the former presenter shared that he had reached out to Holly via text but hadn't had a response back.
While Holly, who originally broke her silence with an Instagram Story, said she felt “shaken, troubled, let down and worried” while talking on This Morning – leaning on her co-presenter Josie Gibson for support.
"We gave our love and support to someone who was not telling the truth,” she said, referring to Phillip's lies about his affair.
Addressing Phillip's departure from the show, Holly began: "Deep breath – firstly, are you OK? I hope so.
"It feels very strange sitting here without Phil and I imagine you might be feeling a lot like I have – shaken, troubled, let down, worried for the wellbeing of people on all sides of what's been going on, and full of questions.
"You, me and all of us at This Morning gave our love and support to someone who was not telling the truth, who acted in a way that they themselves felt that they had to resign from ITV and step down from a career that they loved. That is a lot to process."
She went on to discuss the toll that recent events have had on the mental health of those involved, before adding that the This Morning "family" will continue to "work hard" on the show.
She said: "And from my own heart, can I just say thank you for all of your kind messages and thank you for being here this morning. Myself, Josie, Dermot, Alison and Craig and every single person on this show will continue to work hard every single day to bring you the show that we love."
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