"It hurts sometimes, because it’s so unfair and untrue, so it’s difficult sometimes."
Holly Willoughby has addressed the rumours that she's set to leave 'This Morning' after more than a decade as the show's co-host.
Willoughby has been a staple on the ITV morning show nearly every week since 2009, when she stepped in to replace Fern Britton. She and Phillip Schofield have presented ever since, both always on hand to deliver either a stifled giggle or a laugh out loud moment live on air. Who could ever forget that Gino D'Acampo moment, eh?
This week the 40-year-old presenter once again addressed the rumours that claim she's thinking of leaving 'This Morning', admitting that they are "so unfair and untrue".
Speaking with Jonathan Rosson on his ITV chat show, Willoughby says she feels "very lucky" to be able to work with her co-host Phillip, and "couldn't imagine a world without him being there".
She said: "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.
"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."
Holly Willoughby also praised two other 'This Morning' presenters, Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond, who host the show every Friday: "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."
getting back around to the rumour mill, Willoughby concluded the topic by adding: "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.
"So no, I’m not retiring, that’s a really long answer."
'The Jonathan Ross Show' airs on Saturday at 10.05pm on ITV. Catch Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield Monday to Thursday on 'This Morning' from 10 am.