Holly Willoughbys poignant final message to This Morning viewers after quitting

Holly Willoughby quits ITV’s This Morning after 14 years

Holly Willoughby announced her departure from ITV’s This Morning in a statement released to her 8.4 million followers on Tuesday evening.

Via Instagram, the 42-year-old said it had been “an honour” to be part of the show for 14 years, but explained that she made the decision “for me and my family”.

Holly also took the time to thank fans of the show for their “loyalty” and “support” during her lengthy tenure.

In her emotional goodbye, she wrote: “Thank you to everyone at ITV for being supportive. To every guest who has sat on our sofa, thank you.

“Most of all, thank you to the wonderful viewers. You’ve been so loyal, so supportive and the very best company every day.”

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She continued: ”Richard and Judy said ‘we only look after this show, it will always belong to the viewers’. It’s been an honour to just be part of 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.”

Her exit comes after a difficult year which has seen Holly have to deal with the backlash following the queue drama at the Queen’s lying-in-state, Phillip Schofield’s exit from the show and more recently, an alleged kidnap plot against her.

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Alison Hammond, 48, was one of the first stars to pay tribute to Holly, commenting on her statement: “This is a very sad day! Love you.”

Regular presenter Dermot O’Leary also added: “Nothing but love and respect for you and yours. X”

Josie Gibson also paid tribute: “You’ve made me laugh until my cheeks ache sharing the sofa with you. We are sending you so much love HW.”

Craig Doyle also joined in writing: “We are so supportive of you and we love you to bits, we just wish it didn’t end this way. It’s a sad day for everyone.”

Highlighting the tough time she’s gone through, Carol Vorderman also left a comment which read: “Wishing you and your family peace and strength in what must be a very difficult time after the news of last week Holly x from my time on TM, I know that the team will miss you very much. Take care.”

And chef Clodagh McKenna wrote: “Your star will continue to shine everywhere you go. You have given us all so much love and light, in front and behind the cameras. I am so grateful for everything you have given me… I love you so much darling beautiful Holly, the sunshine of our days ”

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