Holly Willoughby shares cheeky throwback snap with Keith Lemon as she wishes him a happy birthday

HOLLY Willoughby shared a cheeky throwback snap with Keith Lemon as she wished him a happy birthday.

The mum-of-three, 40, quit Keith's show Celebrity Juice as Team Captain last year leaving him "shocked" and not knowing who to replace her with.

The comedian admitted feeling down about the news and said it was always hard when someone left the show.

Holly had starred on the hit series for 12 years and left not long after pal Fearne Cotton's exit.

She cited wanting to spend more time with her kids and husband, Dan Baldwin, as her reasons for leaving.

But the This Morning has remained stoically loyal to Keith – aka Leigh Francis – who turned 48 yesterday.

Sharing a snap from their heyday together, Holly said: "Happy birthday gorgeous man… love you! @keithlemon it’s your Birfday!!!! 🍋 🥂💛🍋💛🥂💛🍋🥂💛🍋"

And Keith replied: "Fank you Holly! Love you right back! Miss you xxx"

Holly and Fearne were eventually replaced by Emily Atack and Laura Whitmore.

Meanwhile, Holly — mum to Harry, 11, Belle, nine, and Chester, six — has become one of the UK’s most successful female TV presenters.

She fronts ITV daytime show This Morning, alongside Phillip Schofield, 59, and filled in for Ant McPartlin, 45, two years ago on I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here.

Keith is the stage name of Leigh Francis, who is originally from Leeds, Yorkshire.

He is a stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, and voice artist, best known for creating Channel 4's Bo' Selecta! and his alter ego Keith Lemon.

He married his wife Jill Carter, a beauty therapist,  in 2002 at Allerton Castle, North Yorkshire.

The couple have one daughter, Matilda and live together in North London.

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