Almost 30,000 people in the UK have signed a petition demanding that two popular TV hosts be fired from their morning show. Why are we accusing them? avoid waiting in line to pay respects to the late Queen.
Presenters of This Morning on ITV and two of the most recognizable faces in Britain, Holly Willoughby, and Phillip Schofield, paid their respects to the Queen at her lying-in-state at Westminster Hall last Friday.
The thousands of mourners who had been patiently waiting in line for up to 24 hours were angered when they saw them stroll past the Queen’s casket.
In response to the backlash, the show’s producers issued a statement over the weekend, saying the two hosts were actually working as journalists and reporting from the event hall.
Yesterday morning on their live TV show, the couple apologized for the incident, saying, “Please know that we would never jump a queue. We abided by the regulations, although we can see how others would have interpreted our actions otherwise.
This has been met with strong opposition, and the movement to have them removed has gained momentum as a result.
Producers reportedly panicked behind the scenes, Willoughby broke down in tears, and lawyers were consulted by both as they fought to keep their jobs during the week of the Queen’s death and funeral in the UK.
There was “a lot of emotional oxygen going about the UK this week,” a commentator said on British radio Wednesday. There must have been a place for it to go.