They appeared on the cover of The Sunday Times Magazine in April, in a joint interview about their on-screen partnership and off-screen friendship.
But, despite the humorous photo shoot that accompanied the article on April 7, Phillip Schofield is said to have been left seething since the piece went to print, after graphic designers chose to superimpose a crown onto Holly Willougby’s head in the picture, splashing the words ‘Queen Holly’ underneath the image of the two of them.
The article’s sub-heading evidently rubbed salt into this wound, as it read: ‘How Holly Willoughby eclipsed Phillip Schofield and became Britain’s hottest TV star.’
Usurped? Phillip Schofield is said to have been left seething after a crown was superimposed onto Holly Willougby’s head on the front cover of their joint Sunday Times Magazine interview in April
According to The Sun, Phillip, 57, has been stewing over this for the past two months, even letting it get in the way of the The Morning Live event the pair co-hosted in mid-May.
‘To say there has been a bit of tension is an understatement,’ a source told the publication. ‘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.
‘Phillip was pretty peeved, to say the least — not with Holly but with how he had been usurped. For her part, Holly was also quite mortified and felt terrible. ITV, who set up the interview, kicked off and his team promptly received a letter of apology to smooth things over.
‘Tensions spilled out into the Birmingham live event when Phillip was grumbling about it. It quickly became the talk of the set. Phillip basically stuck his neck on the line for Holly and got her the job on This Morning back in the day. Understandably, the whole thing was a bit galling.’
MailOnline has approached reps for the pair for comment.
Chin chin! If tensions have been high, as this source suggests, viewers of the pair’s daytime magazine show would never know it, however
Down the hatch! Just last week they were up to their usual tricks on This Morning, seen testing an array of flavoured spirits and getting merrier as the show went on
If tensions have been high, as this source suggests, viewers of the pair’s daytime magazine show would never know it, however.
Just last week they were up to their usual tricks on This Morning, seen testing an array of flavoured spirits and getting merrier as the show went on.
Even before the segment began, Holly enjoyed a hilarious jig as she eagerly awaited testing the selection of spirits, before proceeding to try all manner of delicious beverages.
And despite trying the vast selection of drinks, one stood out from the rest, as Holly squealed with delight after trying a pineapple-spiced rum, before grabbing the bottle and screaming: ‘That’s one for the dressing room.’
Phil also seemed to enjoy the rum, saying it was ‘too smooth’ as he sipped it from a glass.
Yummy: The pair tested a range of delicious spirits during the hilarious segment, which left Holly dancing with excitement even before they had began
Yummy! At one point Holly joked she wanted to steal one of the bottles of rum ‘for the dressing room,’ while Phil said that it was ‘too smooth’
The pair grew more and more giddy as the segment went on with Phil jokingly collapsing to the ground as they closed out the show, leaving Holly in fits of giggles.
Holly and Phil are no stranger to a boozy display on This Morning, as they famously presented the show in 2016, wearing the same clothes from a raucous night of celebrations at the National Television Awards.
The display also came just a day after Holly was left in hysterics when Lisa Snowdon accidentally invented the word ‘electronicals.’
Going down! The duo grew more and more giddy as the segment went on with Phil jokingly collapsing to the ground as they closed out the show
Funny: Holly once again broke into fits of giggles as Phil ended the show in comedic style
Happy: Of course Phil and Holly are no stranger to boozy display on the show, as they famously hosted This Morning in 2016 after a raucous night at the National Television Awards
Try one: The duo were trying all kinds of strong flavoured spirits ahead of the summer season, and some left them grinning with delight
As Lisa went through each compartment of the case, she pointed out a netted bag where she said: ‘That’s good for all your electronicals.’
Phil quizzed: ‘Electronicals?’ which led Holly to squeal as she burst into a fit of giggles.
Lisa joked: ‘Electronicals, I don’t know what I am talking about there,’ while Holly doubled over in hysterics as she laughed out loud and was unable to lift her head after hearing the word.
This Morning airs weekdays at 10:30am on ITV.
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