The announcement comes just days after a security scare involving an alleged plot to kidnap and murder the 42-year-old presenter.
Holly – who has been absent from TV screens due to the security incident, took to Instagram to share her decision after a 14-year stint on ITV’s This Morning.
“I’ve let ITV know today that after 14 years, I will not be returning to This Morning,” Willoughby said in a statement. “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.”
“Most of all, thank you to the wonderful viewers. You’ve been so loyal, so supportive and the very best company every day.”
ITV expressed appreciation for Holly’s contributions over the years and conveyed optimism about future collaborations. Kevin Lygo, managing director of media and entertainment at ITV, remarked, “Holly has brought her unique brand of warmth, energy, humour and fun to one of the country’s most popular daytime shows, and everyone on the program will miss her enormously.”
Holly’s departure follows the arrest of a man in connection with the alleged kidnapping and murder plot.
This Morning – known for a blend of celebrity news, interviews, and discussions on current affairs – has been a staple in British daytime television.
The show has faced challenges this year, with former co-host Phillip Schofield leaving the show as well in an unrelated incident. Holly’s exit adds another layer of complexity to the show’s recent upheavals, leaving fans and industry insiders speculating on the future direction of This Morning.