This Morning’s Holly Willoughby addresses rumours she’s leaving ITV show

Holly Willoughby has insisted that she is "not retiring" from This Morning as she addressed "hurtful" rumours that she is leaving the ITV chat show.

The presenter, 40, said she feels "very lucky" to be on the award-winning show and working with her co-host Phillip Schofield.

Discussing retirement with all the guests on Saturday's pre-recorded episode of The Jonathan Ross Show, Holly addressed rumours that are reported about her leaving This Morning.

She said: "I never think like that. I feel very lucky to be on that show. The show changes so much, I think that’s the beauty of This Morning.

"Recently it's had the highest ratings it’s had in 15 years. It’s doing really, really well which is extraordinary for a show that’s been around for as long as it has. And I think because it changes and it evolves and it adapts.

"But I think that show has something to teach us a little bit; as long as we keep evolving and changing and moving on and happy to flow with things…"

Holly continued: "I’m very lucky to work with Phil. I can’t imagine a world without him being there. It just wouldn’t be the same. The magic of that show is us two together when we’re together.

"Fridays are different – Dermot and Alison have their own unique magic. Co-hosts like that don’t come along very often. So when they do you have to hold tight."

Holly added of her co-host Phillip, 59: "I do really love him. I really love him. We’re lucky, we really are. I’ve read those things, too. It hurts sometimes, because it’s so unfair and untrue, so it’s difficult sometimes. We’re just incredibly lucky."

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Addressing the leaving rumours once and for all, Holly insisted: "So no, I’m not retiring, that’s a really long answer."

Holly is joined by guests Usain Bolt, Joanna Lumley, Jamie Dornan, Shalom Brune-Franklin and Damon Albarn during the episode.

Watch The Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday at 10:05pm on ITV and ITV Hub.

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