Holly Willoughbys nerves hosting This Morning for first time – as she quits after 14 years

Holly Willoughby made her This Morning debut in 2009 alongside co-host Phillip Schofield, when she took over Fern Britton's role.

The 42 year old TV presenter appeared nervous as she fronted This Morning for the very first time at 28 years old in a resurfaced clip. Holly can be seen holding onto Phillip's arm as they open the show together, which Holly previously revealed was "one of the scariest things" she'd had to do during her TV career.

Looking back on her This Morning debut with Phillip, 62, the mum-of-three previously said: "I just remember this was one of the scariest things in my telly career that I'd ever had to do."

She went on to brand it "terrifying", adding: "To come in that day and stand next to you as well, the whole thing was just terrifying."

Holly and Phillip first started working together in 2006 when they began presenting ITV's Dancing on Ice together, and three years later it was announced that Holly would be replacing Fern Britton on This Morning.

The duo presented the show together until 2023. Phillip walked away from This Morning in May while Holly announced in October she'd made the difficult decision to also quit the show.

On Tuesday 10 October Holly took to social media to share an emotional statement where she revealed the time had come for to step down as presenter of This Morning after 14 years.

Her statement read: “I have let ITV know today that after 14 years, I will not be returning to This Morning.

“To everyone who has ever worked on the show over the years, thank you so much. This is such a difficult goodbye, you are incredible and I forever will be proud of what we’ve done together. Thank you to everyone at ITV for being supportive. To every guest who has sat on our sofa, thank you."

Holly then paid a special tribute to viewers at home who had supported her during her career so far, as she added: “Most of all, thank you to the wonderful viewers. You’ve been so loyal, so supportive and the very best company every day.”

In her closing comments, Holly also paid tribute to former hosts Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan, as she concluded: “Richard and Judy said, ‘we only look after this show, it will always belong to the viewers’.

“It’s been an honour to be part its story and I know this story has many chapters left to go. Sadly however, I now feel I have to make this decision for me and my family. I will miss you all so much.”

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