HOLLY Willoughby is celebrating doing “something different” away from This Morning after rumours she had plans to quit.
The presenter, 41, had been embroiled in a bitter dispute with her former agents – which could have seen her leave This Morning.
But she recently signed a bumper deal to stay on This Morning for another two years – alongside hosting Dancing on Ice.
Talking about her partnership with Phillip Schofield, Holly said: “There’s a real ease when we work together.
“It’s not like we have to find our feet or find our rhythm, that’s an absolute given.
“It’s just nice to be doing something a bit different, but still together.”
Phillip agreed, adding: “The lovely thing is getting to spend even more time with my best mate.
“I adore Holly completely and absolutely.”
He continued: “It’s a shiny, glitzy, beautiful, wonderfully produced and gorgeous lookingshow.
“People may not even watch us in the mornings, but come to us on this one to watch Dancing on Ice.”
“They’re just young people in this partnership,” quipped judge Christoper Dean, as he revealed he’s been working with skating partner Jayne Torville for 48 years.
New judge Oti Mabuse described seeing their chemistry on set.
She said: “It’s so nice to see how well they work together.
“You can see even now, there’s a look and they know who speaks when.
“It’s the little things and it’s a beautiful thing to see.”
Holly left her former talent agency YMU in 2020 to go solo.
She was horrified by the company’s claims that they are entitled to a percentage of her future earnings under a “sunset clause”.
In a matter of “principle”, sources told us at the time that Holly would “rather leave the show than let YMU take such a high percentage of her earnings”, with Holly earning around 700,000 a year from This Morning alone.
However, they appear to have been able to come to an arrangement, and the star’s future on the daytime show is “secure”.
An insider told The Mirror: “It seems like everybody wants that gig but Holly is very much secured for the next two years on a rolling contract.”
The mum-of-three joined the ITV hit back in 2009, replacing Fern Britton as Phillip Schofield’s co-host.
- Dancing on Ice returns this Sunday at 6.30pm on ITV.