Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield’s cheek kiss was ‘awkward-looking’ expert says

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This Morning stars Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield put on a united front for viewers today, amid claims they’d fallen out.

The ITV duo tried to put-to-bed any feud rumours as they puckered up to share a festive kiss on the show.

During today’s seasonal final episode, Phil, 57, popped his arm around Holly, 38, as the pair wished fans a Merry Christmas.

Body language expert Judi James told Daily Star Online she thought the kiss was “awkward-looking”.

The iconic duo pucker up proving to fans that they are still pals

The iconic duo pucker up proving to fans that they are still pals

She explained: “These two were probably easier to watch when they were trying for ‘business as usual’ rather than going for this rather awkward-looking cheek kiss that ended with the camera pulling away as Philip busied himself putting his glass down while Holly just sat staring ahead.

“There should have been some laughter and signals of fun after the kiss as most presenters, even heavyweight newscasters, like to suggest they’re busy having a proper laugh together when the cameras turn off, but given the pressure of all the recent rumours of rifts, this sign-off was probably about the best we could expect from the super-professional This Morning couple.”

The alleged rift between the pair comes after allegations were leaked regarding a “toxic” environment behind-the-scenes, with insiders claiming Ruth Langsford had filed a complaint against Phil.

Holly and Phil wish fans of the This Morning a Merry Christmas as they cosy up in a bid to end feud rumours

Holly and Phil wish fans of the This Morning a Merry Christmas as they cosy up in a bid to end feud rumours

The Sun reported that Holly and Phil’s relationship had been tested after Holly received a BAFTA award for her role on last years I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.

Holly previously went Down Under, stepping in for Ant McPartlin on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!.

Despite allegations, the pair got cosy on the sofa today to prove to viewers they were still chums.

Holly Willoughby on the red carpet at The fashion Awards 2019

Holly Willoughby on the red carpet at The fashion Awards 2019

However, Judi explains she thinks there may be more to it.

She added: “The build-up had the feel of teenagers on a first date, with Philip leaning in towards Holly while she read off auto-cue and Holly leaning in towards Phil while he did his bit of the presenting.

“As an intentional gesture the kiss was clearly a public display of unity and friendship. Sadly though the recent rumours do seem to have created some awkwardness in their body language together and it would be good to see them back to their giggly ‘best friends’ selves again.”

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