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Phillip Schofield's message to Holly Willoughby as he partied without her at NTAs

Phillip Schofield's message to Holly Willoughby as he partied without her at NTAs

This is what friends are for.

Besties always stick together and Phillip Schofield shared an emotional shout out to his co-presenter Holly Willoughby after their National Television Awards win on Thursday.

The duo won the Best Daytime Show honour for the fifth consecutive year on Thursday night. Phillip shared a message to Holly in the early hours of Friday morning after she had to head home early.

Mum-of-three Holly, 41, seemingly headed home after leaving the OVO Arena in London at around 10pm, not long after they took to the stage to accept the award – and received some boos from the audience. Watch the video below:

Usually, the pair are known to carry on the night’s festivities at the afterparty – and they famously showed up to This Morning hungover in 2016 while wearing their outfits from the night before.

This year, however, after Holly left the event, Phillip shared a touching message as he partied on without her.

“I love you Holly Willoughby and our entire @thismorning family,” Phillip wrote in a post uploaded to his Instagram Story.

The father-of-two also thanked the fans for voting for them.

“Thank you for every single vote ‘cos we love you most x,’ he wrote alongside a picture of Holly hugging her pal and co-presenter.

Phillip thanked Holly and their fans for the award.

The public’s reaction to the pair has become somewhat frosty in the last few weeks after they were accused of jumping the queue to see the Queen’s lying in state last month.

When Holly and Phillip made their way to the stage with the rest of the This Morning team to accept the award, were met with sounds of 'booing' from the crowd to which Holly reminded viewers that they actually voted the show to win.

The presenters travelled to Westminster Hall to pay their respects to the late monarch on 16 September.

Social media users were furious with the ITV duo, who strongly denied the accusations during Tuesday's (20 September) episode of This Morning.

Holly and Phillip accepted the award on stage at the NTAs on Thursday.
Doug Peters / Alamy Stock Photo.

After David Beckham was celebrated by the public for joining the queue at 2:00am and even bringing doughnuts for those waiting, Holly and Phillip's critics were even more unforgiving.

A petition calling for the pair to be axed from presenting the long-running ITV daytime show was signed by more than 78,000 people as of October 2022.

This Morning airs weekday mornings at 10am on ITV.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/hollywilloughby Instagram/schofe

Topics: ITV, This Morning, TV And Film, Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield