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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield giggle as they chat about Gobbler’s Knob 

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield can’t contain their giggles as they struggle to introduce a segment about American park Gobbler’s Knob

Hilarity ensued on Tuesday’s This Morning, when Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield struggled to keep straight faces when introducing a segment about American park Gobbler’s Knob.

The Pennsylvania location is famous for its Groundhog Day ceremony, in which a groundhog called Punxsutawney Phil predicts how many more days there will be of winter.

With the ceremony taking place on Tuesday – which saw Phil predict six more weeks of winter but a glorious spring to follow – Holly and Phil found themselves tasked with introducing the segment about it.

Hilarity ensues! On Tuesday’s This Morning Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield struggled to keep straight faces when introducing a segment about American park Gobbler’s Knob

The duo, as well as Lisa Snowdon, had a tricky time of it, bursting into laughter as they chatted about the American tradition.

They were listing what was coming up in the show, with Holly saying through giggles: ‘We’ll be going live to Gobbler’s Knob…’

‘We were going to try so hard!’ Phil said. ‘The decision was, we do this, we do this and we don’t break a smile. It’s just the name of a place, don’t break a smile!

‘We’ve blown it!’ 

There he is! The Pennsylvania location is famous for its Groundhog Day ceremony, in which a groundhog called Punxsutawney Phil predicts how many more days there will be of winter [pictured during Tuesday's annual ceremony]

There he is! The Pennsylvania location is famous for its Groundhog Day ceremony, in which a groundhog called Punxsutawney Phil predicts how many more days there will be of winter [pictured during Tuesday’s annual ceremony]

A laugh a minute: With the ceremony taking place on Tuesday Holly and Phil found themselves tasked with introducing the segment about it

A laugh a minute: With the ceremony taking place on Tuesday Holly and Phil found themselves tasked with introducing the segment about it

There was of course a lot of Twitter response to the famously-cheeky pair. 

‘How many times can they say Gobblers’ Knob on TV without laughing?’ one person remarked.

Another posted: ‘Every time @hollywills or @Schofe say “gobblers Knob” whilst discussing #GroundhogDay, I screech a little inside!’

‘Holly is dying to laugh each time she says “Gobbler’s Knob”!’ another observed. 

LOLZ: The duo, as well as Lisa Snowdon, had a tricky time of it, bursting into laughter as they chatted about the American tradition

LOLZ: The duo, as well as Lisa Snowdon, had a tricky time of it, bursting into laughter as they chatted about the American tradition

They were listing what was coming up in the show, with Holly saying through giggles: 'We'll be going live to Gobbler's Knob...'

They were listing what was coming up in the show, with Holly saying through giggles: ‘We’ll be going live to Gobbler’s Knob…’

There will be six more weeks of winter, Punxsutawney Phil predicted as he emerged from his burrow on a snowy Tuesday morning to perform his Groundhog Day duties.

Members of Phil’s ‘inner circle’ woke up the furry critter at 7:25AM at Gobbler´s Knob to see whether he would see his shadow or not.

Shortly after this year’s prediction was revealed, one of the members of the inner circle shared a message he said Phil had told him earlier in the day: ‘After winter, you are looking forward to one of the most beautiful and brightest springs you´ve ever seen.’

Another noted the uniqueness of the past year: ‘People have been referencing Groundhog Day. It has felt like at times we’re all living the same day over and over again.

All a-twitter! There was of course a lot of Twitter response to the famously-cheeky pair

All a-twitter! There was of course a lot of Twitter response to the famously-cheeky pair

Winter is staying! Groundhog Club President Jeff Lundy interacts with Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 135th celebration of Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney

Winter is staying! Groundhog Club President Jeff Lundy interacts with Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 135th celebration of Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney

‘Groundhog Day also shows us that the monotony ends. The cycle will be broken.

‘Today actually is Groundhog Day, there’s only one. There is quite literally a new day coming over the horizon.’ 

The spectacle that is Groundhog Day still went on, but because of the coronavirus pandemic, revelers were not able to see Phil and celebrate in person. This year, it was all virtual and included cardboard cutouts to represent spectators.

A livestream, which had more than 15,000 viewers at one point, played footage from previous Groundhog Day’s ahead of the big reveal.

Then of course, the prognosticator of prognosticators emerged at dawn. The lore goes that if he sees his shadow as he did this year, there will be six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t, spring comes early. 

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