DOI: Kim Woodburn invite retracted after demanding Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield be sacked
Kim Woodburn says her invite to Dancing On Ice has been retracted after demanding hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield be sacked from This Morning over ‘queue-gate’.
The Celebrity Big Brother star, 80, isn’t bothered about her sudden change in plans, after she furiously weighed in on accusations of Holly and Phil jumping the queue at Westminster Hall in London for the Queen lying-in-state last year, while appearing on the Not My Bagg podcast last week.
A source close to Kim told MailOnline: ‘Kim was invited to the studio to watch the stars compete on Dancing On Ice but has had her invitation retracted after speaking out about Holly and Phil. Kim finds it very petty and childish but from her point of view she isn’t going to lose sleep over it.’
Making other plans: Kim Woodburn, 80, says her invite to this weekend’s live episode of Dancing On Ice has been retracted
An ITV spokesperson said: ‘This is untrue.’
Holly and Philip were accused of jumping the queue at Westminster Hall in London last year while tens of thousands of mourners patiently waited for 12 hours at a time to pay their respects to Her Majesty – but argued their visit was ‘strictly for reporting’.
Speaking about the incident, Kim told former Gogglebox stars Joe and George Baggs on their podcast: ‘They were not, were not asked to cover the Queen’s funeral.
Speaking out: Kim demanded hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield be sacked from This Morning having furiously weighed in on ‘queue-gate’ (Phil and Holly pictured on Dancing On Ice last weekend)
‘They sneaked in and they put these press things they got, they sneaked in because they wouldn’t stand in a queue, they are far too high and mighty. It is true.
‘Don’t listen to another word they say. They were not contracted, they were not allowed to film, nobody was, so they did sneak in.
She furiously added: ‘They should have lost their job.’
Controversial: Kim readdressed accusations of Holly and Phil jumping the queue at Westminster Hall in London last year as the Queen lie in state following her death (Holly and Phil pictured on This Morning)
Opinionated: How Clean is Your House? star Kim readdressed the drama while appearing on the Not My Bagg podcast with Gogglebox star hosts Joe and George
Change of plans: A source close to Kim told MailOnline: ‘Kim was invited to the studio to watch the stars compete on Dancing On Ice but has had her invitation retracted’
The ‘devastated’ presenters – who are reportedly paid as much as £600,000 for hosting the popular daytime show from Mondays to Thursdays- have faced growing fury after images of them appearing to ‘skip the queue’ emerged while tens of thousands of mourners patiently waited for 12 hours at a time.
Holly was reportedly in floods of tears as she and Phil both begged This Morning bosses to defend them from the ensuing storm – and were furious that ITV sat on their hands before issuing a short statement defending the pair on Saturday.
The pair were keen to issue a public apology over ‘queue-gate’, but were talked out of it after taking legal advice, a source told MailOnline.
Queue-gate: Holly and Philip were accused of jumping the queue at Westminster Hall in London last week while tens of thousands of mourners patiently waited for 12 hours at a time to pay their respects to Her Majesty – but argued their visit was ‘strictly for reporting’
‘Initially Holly and Phillip were prepared to say sorry if they’d upset anyone as they both just desperately want to draw a line under the affair. But they were advised strongly not to go down that road of saying sorry.’
But Kim isn’t the only one to have spoken out against Holly and Phil – as Eammon Holmes also hit out at his former co-hosts during Wednesday’s GB news.
Speaking on GB News Breakfast, Eamonn, 62, made no bones about the fact he didn’t believe his former colleagues and said they ‘messed up’.
Chatting with presenter Clare Muldoon, Eamonn said: ‘I’ll tell you what’s strategic. Why is Holly fighting to keep her job, according to The Sun, but Mr Phillip isn’t?’
Speaking out: This Morning bosses denied show hosts Holly and Phillip had ‘VIP access’ and filed ‘past the Queen lying in state’
Clare replied: ‘Who knows? Twitter, last night, was saying she didn’t want to vacate her job at This Morning.
‘Who wouldn’t want to give up £600,000 a year and everything else that comes with it? I think the brand is very damaged. There has to be a change from the top down to the bottom on This Morning.’
Eamonn then read out the statement from Holly and Phillip, saying: ‘We didn’t jump the queue, we were working’ as he questioned ‘Why wasn’t your boss there working with you?’
Speaking out: But Kim isn’t the only one to have spoken out against Holly and Phil – as Eammon Holmes also hit out at his former co-hosts during Wednesday’s GB news
Referring to a photo of Holly wearing a mask inside Westminster Hall, Clare asked: ‘Why was she wearing a mask? Is she allergic to the public?’
Eamonn answered: ‘No, she does that. “Holly’s in tears”, but Holly’s always in tears. But wearing a mask – I think she’s quite fearful, germophobic.’
Co-presenter Isabel Webster said Holly and Philip fast-tracking was no different to what other broadcasters did while covering the Queen lying in state.
But a still unimpressed Eammon replied: ‘They didn’t get a fast-track, they say. Lie. They say they didn’t pay their respects to the body. Lie. What else were they there for? Let’s just tell the truth about the whole thing.
‘They messed up, and instead of being arrogant and saying, “We were there working as journalists”, why don’t they just say, “Yeah, we thought it would be a good idea”.’
Meanwhile, the former This Morning host also made his feelings known on Twitter as he responded with praying hands emojis to a user who wrote: ‘They [Holly and Phillip] should be sacked, Eamonn and Ruth are far better than them idiots’.
Members of the public even started a petition demand that Holly and Phil be sacked from ITV, which has now reached 50,000 signatures.
A representative for Kim declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline.
Facing the music: The hosts told viewers they would ‘never jump a queue’ as they addressed the claims following the accusations they were faced with