This Morning's Holly Willoughby fails to show for second day as Phillip Schofield explains she has 'childcare issues'

HOLLY Willoughby is missing from This Morning for a second day in a row.

The presenter failed to return from her Christmas break yesterday, with her co-host Phillip Scofield saying Holly needed to spend "a couple of extra days with the family".

Today he joked she was absent because she's shooting The Masked Singer for ITV.

"Holly's not around today," said Phil as he kicked off the show.

"She's just about to wrap up her filming commitments with The Masked Singer.

"She will be back with us tomorrow. The Badger, who would have thought it?

"Unbelievable but I guessed it from the off."

Later he finally offered an explanation as to why she's not returned to This Morning.

He added: "We'll also say good morning to Holly who is watching at home, as Badger.

"She's dealing with her childcare issues at the moment and she will be back tomorrow."

The 39-year-old presenter was replaced by Rochelle Humes.

Phil, 58, told viewers yesterday: "Hiya and happy new year. Welcome to the very first This Morning of 2021.

"Holly is spending a couple of extra days with the family, so Rochelle is here."

She had been expected to return alongside Phillip and the rest of the ITV daytime line-up including Piers Morgan, Susanna Reid and the Loose Women panel.

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