Holly Willoughby breaks her silence after being forced off This Morning with Covid as she talks about ‘having hope’

HOLLY Willoughby has broken her silence after being forced off air with Covid.

The ITV host, 40, usually presents This Morning alongside Phillip Schofield, but has had to isolate after testing positive to the virus over the weekend.

Holly also missed hosting Dancing On Ice alongside Phillip on Sunday as she was struck down with Covid just hours before Dancing On Ice went live.

But she has spoken out for the first time since then telling her followers they "have to have hope."

The TV presenter shared a post from the Instagram account, Wylde Moon, her new lifestyle website.

It read: "We have to have hope and hold on to it with all our being.

"But at the same, it would be remiss of us to overlook realities. The March edition is a combination of nourishing those hopes but also acknowledging the reality of what's going on out there. Holly x."

Ahead of the DOI semi-final, ITV said in a statement: "Unfortunately, Holly Willoughby is unable to host tonight's show after testing positive for Covid-19.

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"We look forward to Holly returning for the Dancing on Ice Live Final."

Phil shared an emotional tribute to his friend during the show as he fronted it without her for the first time.

Standing on his own, he told fans that he would be hosting the show solo.

It is not known when Holly is likely to return to her This Morning hosting duties.

Lat month Holly hit back after Wylde Moon was branded "wacky" by some when it launched last year.

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In a interview with Grazia magazine, the mum-of-three reflected: "I think that people struggle with some of the ideas.

"The moment that I launched Wylde Moon, the word 'wacky' got used a lot.

"I expected that. And that’s fine. I can’t change that. I’m not here to force any of this on anybody. It’s not 'come and meditate with me' or 'look at the moon and play a sound-bowl'.

"It’s please go and do that thing that makes your heart sing. Go and do you."

Holly said she is used to criticism and trolling, but refuses to pander to people's expectations of her.

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She added: "I’m not afraid of the reaction to it any more. If it doesn’t fit with what your thoughts and expectations of me are, well then there’s nothing I can do about it.

"I can’t change that. I don’t want to change that. And I’m not going to change that. This is me."

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