This Morning viewers say Holly Willoughby should ‘move on’ from the show following NTA shortlist snub in favour of co-star Alison Hammond – after four nominations and zero wins
Holly Willoughby has been told by viewers to ‘move on’ from This Morning after she was snubbed in the National Television Award’s Best Presenter category.
The TV presenter, 42, failed to gain a nomination in the awards shortlist, after the furore over her former co-host Phillip Schofield’s affair with a younger colleague.
Following her snub, fans have urged Holly to try a new path after she missed out on a nomination in the category for the second year on the run.
Holly, who has never won the prize, received nods every year between 2021 and 2018 after her chemistry with Phillip, 61, proved a hit with viewers on ITV shows This Morning and Dancing On Ice.
However fans have now suggested that ITV’s golden girl’s crown may be slipping, as she missed out on the nomination in favour of her co-star Alison Hammond.
Changing times: Holly Willoughby has been told by viewers to ‘move on’ from This Morning after she was snubbed in the National Television Award’s Best Presenter category
It has been a rocky year for Holly, who was tied up in an ITV scandal when it was revealed Phillip had resigned from the broadcaster and was dropped by his talent agency YMU in May after admitting to an ‘unwise but not illegal’ relationship with a male colleague on This Morning.
While Holly managed to hold onto her coveted role on the show after she insisted she was not aware of her friend and co-star’s relationship with the man, viewers have suggested it might be time for a change.
Commenting on the snub, one This Morning viewer said: ‘I think she needs to move on and do something else.’
Another person agreed, and said: ‘Goodbye Holly, your time to move on.’
A third added: ‘Good. Just wish ITV would snub her now and get rid of her.’
One other wrote: ‘I think ITV are making a mistake by pinning all their hopes on HW. I think her popularity was on the wane long before all the kerfuffle about Schofe, and although she’s done nothing wrong, I think she should move on.’
A different person also predicted it was the end for Holly’s role on the show, and said: ‘And so her downfall begins.’
Moving on: However fans have now suggested that ITV’s golden girl’s crown may be slipping, as she missed out on the nomination in favour of her co-star Alison Hammond (pictured)
Out: Holly was snubbed from the TV presenter category for the upcoming National Television Awards
Controversy: It comes after her co-star Phillip Schofield resigned from ITV in May after admitting to an ‘unwise but not illegal’ relationship with a younger male colleague (Phillip pictured in November)
Another added: ‘Holly who?’
While one person questioned: ‘How is she still on screen?’
Holly and Phil had been longlisted for the best TV presenter prize, alongside fellow This Morning hosts Alison, Dermot O’Leary, Rylan Clark and Martin Lewis, but only Alison and Martin made the cut.
However, This Morning has been nominated for best daytime show despite the affair scandal.
Holly, who hosted alongside Phillip from 2009 onwards, has continued to present the show with a series of co-stars, while MPs have called on ITV bosses to address claims of toxicity and bullying behind the scenes.
MailOnline contacted a representative for Holly for comment.
The show will defend its title in the daytime category against The Chase, Loose Women and The Repair Shop.
Phillip and Holly had been longlisted for the best TV presenter prize, alongside fellow This Morning hosts Alison Hammond, Dermot O’Leary, Rylan Clark and Martin Lewis, but only Alison and Martin made the cut.
They will compete against Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, who took the award for the 21st year in a row at last year’s ceremony, as well as The Traitors host Claudia Winkleman and The Chase’s Bradley Walsh.
Dame Deborah James and Paul O’Grady have been posthumously recognised in the nominations, with Dame Deborah named in the authored documentary category, for Bowelbabe In Her Own Words.
Dame Deborah set up the Bowelbabe cancer research fund, and died last year at the age of 40 after suffering bowel cancer.
Paul’s For The Love Of Dogs was listed in the factual entertainment category after the death of the TV presenter and comedian earlier this year.
It will compete against Clarkson’s Farm, Sort Your Life Out and The Martin Lewis Money Show Live.
Success: Martin Lewis, Dermot O’Leary and Rylan Clark were all named on the longlist, with Martin (pictured) making the shortlist
National Television Awards 2023: NOMINEES
Doja Cat – ‘Attention’
Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
Race Across the World
SAS: Who Dares Wins
Deborah James: Bowelbabe in Her Own Words
Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now
Matt Willis: Fighting Addiction
Rob Burrow: Living with MND
Call the Midwife
Ant & Dec
Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs
Sort Your Life Out
The Martin Lewis Money Show Live
Brenda Blethyn, DCI Vera Stanhope, Vera
India Amarteifio, Young Queen Charlotte, Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story
James Norton, Tommy Lee Royce, Happy Valley
Judy Parfitt, Sister Monica Joan, Call The Midwife
Sarah Lancashire, Catherine Cawood, Happy Valley
The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
The Masked Singer
Louis Theroux Interviews…
Piers Morgan Uncensored
The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show
The Graham Norton Show
Serial Drama Performance
Charlotte Jordan, Daisy Midgeley, Coronation Street
Danielle Harold, Lola Pearce-Brown, EastEnders
Dominic Brunt, Paddy Kirk, Emmerdale
Maureen Lipman, Evelyn Plummer, Coronation Street
Quiz Game Show
Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel
Richard Osman’s House Of Games
The 1% Club
The Chase Celebrity Special
Benjamin Chivers, Isaac, The Devil’s Hour
Bobby Brazier, Freddie Slater, EastEnders
Channique Sterling-Brown, Dee-Dee Bailey, Coronation Street
Lewis Cope, Nicky Milligan, Emmerdale
The Repair Shop
Britain’s Got Talent
Strictly Come Dancing
The Great British Bake Off
Two shows presented by Ant and Dec are in the running for the Bruce Forsyth entertainment award – I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and Saturday Night Takeaway.
The duo have announced they will be taking a break from the latter show after its 20th series in 2024.
Also in the running are Gogglebox and The Masked Singer, while Britain’s Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing, The Great British Bake Off and The Great British Sewing Bee are nominated for best talent show.
In a new category this year, Piers Morgan is nominated for the TV interview prize for Piers Morgan Uncensored on Talk TV, alongside Louis Theroux Interviews…, The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show and The Graham Norton Show.
In the drama performance category, Happy Valley stars James Norton and Sarah Lancashire will face off against each other, competing against Vera’s Brenda Blethyn and Call the Midwife’s Judy Parfitt, as well as India Amarteifio for her role in Bridgerton prequel Queen Charlotte.
The climax of Happy Valley is in the running for the returning drama prize, alongside Stranger Things, Call The Midwife and Vera.
Netflix’s Queen Charlotte is also recognised in the new drama category, alongside Death In Paradise spin-off Beyond Paradise, police drama Blue Lights and viral sensation Wednesday, starring Jenna Ortega as Addams Family character Wednesday Addams.
In comedy, Ted Lasso will compete with the spectres from Ghosts, Young Sheldon and Brassic to take home the gong.
Newly announced Strictly Come Dancing contestant Bobby Brazier is nominated in the newcomer category for his role as Freddie Slater in EastEnders, alongside Benjamin Chivers for The Devil’s Hour, Channique Sterling-Brown for Coronation Street and Emmerdale’s Lewis Cope.
Storylines competing for serial drama are Cindy Beale’s epic return from the dead on EastEnders, Emmerdale’s storyline about male mental health and Ryan Connor being attacked with acid on Coronation Street.
The final round of voting for the National Television Awards is open and the winners will be announced at the ceremony hosted by Joel Dommett at The O2 on September 5.
The awards come after Phillip’s dramatic resignation from ITV in May after admitting to an ‘unwise but not illegal’ affair with a much younger male colleague.
Named: Two shows presented by Ant and Dec are in the running for the Bruce Forsyth entertainment award – I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and Saturday Night Takeaway
Ceremony: The final round of voting for the National Television Awards is open and the winners will be announced at the ceremony hosted by Joel Dommett at The O2 on September 5
Phillip had been involved in the tryst for years, keeping it secret until he admitted to The Mail on Sunday that he had lied about the affair just being rumours.
He went on to confess he had misled his employer, his colleagues, his friends and his agents at the management firm YMU, who dropped him as a result.
When he broke his silence after leaving the show he insisted he had not ‘groomed’ the man, despite first meeting him when he was 15.
And he went on to declare: ‘Attraction is attraction. It’s no different in the gay world as it is in the heterosexual world or in the lesbian world.
‘There shouldn’t be a difference. This is where homophobia comes in. We did first meet when he was 15, I visited the drama school [he attended].
‘So yeah, there’s a difference. It’s accepted by Leonardo DiCaprio, it’s not accepted if it’s in the gay world.’
The former ITV personality went on to address his fears of going out in public, worrying he would receive verbal abuse or be spat on.
He said: ‘I do not know a time I will be able to walk out of the door.
‘I don’t have any spirit. My friends tell me, “It will get better”. It won’t. Not now. Not this one.
‘You watch all these layers of you slide away and slide away and slide away. The things that were dear to you. But I deserve it. It’s my fault. I deserve it.’
He said he would never use social media again following the dramatic fallout.
When Phillip stepped down from his role there were fears that This Morning could be axed all together.
And these concerns only grew when his co-presenter of 13 years Holly disappeared on holiday without saying goodbye to viewers.
But sources have since confirmed that she is far from quitting, instead being set to sign a lucrative new contract – and save the show.
They confirmed that Holly will be back as planned in September, despite employees behind-the-scenes fear she was ‘quietly quitting’.
Furore: When Phillip stepped down from his role after admitting to lying about an affair with a younger colleague there were fears that This Morning could be axed all together
Lucrative: But it’s understood Holly is in line for a £300,000 pay-rise, with her yearly salary – an estimated £700,000 – boosted to £1million when she returns to a rotating stable of presenters
It’s understood she’s in line for a £300,000 pay-rise, with her yearly salary – an estimated £700,000 – boosted to £1million when she returns to a rotating stable of presenters.
As exclusively revealed by MailOnline, Welsh presenter Steve Jones is also expected to join the team over the summer as ITV endeavour to move on from the abrupt departure of Phillip.
A source told The Sun On Sunday: ‘Holly is at the heart of the show’s future and success and ITV execs want her to steer a steady ship out of a rocky year. It’ll be a strong start with Alison, kicking off as a dream team.
‘Holly’s pay deal is up for negotiation in a few months so they are putting together a lucrative package that will reflect her added responsibility without Phil, and they are prepared to go up to £1million a year.’
It is believed that Holly will line-up alongside Alison Hammond for her first two shows in September, with hosts including Jones also expected to feature at a later date.
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