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He has come under fire over allegations that he “jumped the queue” to see the Queen, who was lying in honour.
Yet Philip Scofield proved he can stand in queues, with the star once sharing a selfie while he was forced to queue for two hours at Heathrow’s Terminal 5.
Understandably frustrated by the lack of communication between British Airways and passengers, the presenter shared a post on Instagram calling their service “s**t”.
Oh my god: Philip Schofield proved he can stand in queues as the star once shared a selfie while he was forced to queue for two hours at Heathrow Terminal 5
Next to his selfie in the queue he wrote: ‘In the queue for hours and no staff to speak to. I usually love you, today you’re f*cked.”
The queues were the result of an IT glitch in 2016 which also affected Gatwick and caused huge queues as thousands of families flew out on holiday.
The post resurfaced after the This Morning star, 60, and his co-presenter Holly Willoughby, 41, had more than 66,000 people calling for them to be sacked from their presenting gig.
An online petition was launched by angry fans who accused the duo of “abusing their positions to see the Queen lying in plain sight”.
Media access: He came under fire over allegations he and This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby ‘skipped the queue’ to see the Queen lie in state
Amid the backlash, the pair have received support from Friday show hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary, with MailOnline understanding that they have been in “regular contact” with the pair throughout this week.
Holly and Phil have not commented on the matter since making a statement on Tuesday’s show insisting they “didn’t jump the queue”.
A source told MailOnline: ‘Alison, Dermot, Phil and Holly are incredibly close and tight-knit.
“When things started blowing up over the weekend, they got in touch straight away to offer their support. Alison, in particular, has spoken to Holly numerous times on the phone and has been a real rock.
“Dermott and Alison, along with other senior members of the ITV team, all knew they were going to visit Westminster and there is a sense of shock and bewilderment at how things have turned out.”
This Morning insiders believe they are now ‘over the worst of the crisis’ but ITV bosses are still taking steps to ensure Phil and Holly get all the support they need.
“ITV has a duty of care to all its presenters and some of the abuse Phil and Holly have received on social media is absolutely appalling,” the source added.
“People have gone too far in some of the things they’re saying and senior management have been in regular contact with Phil and Holly to check they’re OK. This will continue until next week when they return to the program.
“Those working on the show are hoping that by then things will have died down and they can start to put this nightmare to bed.” But only time will tell.
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The news is coming after it became clear that Holly and Philip wanted to make a public apology “queue-gate” but were convinced after receiving legal advice.
A statement was issued by ITV on Saturday and later aired on Tuesday’s This Morning, which was voiced by Holly, but both stopped short of using the word “sorry” – a move that left many viewers furious.
A source told MailOnline: ‘Every word of the statement was spilled. In the end, it backfired spectacularly.
“Initially Holly and Philip were prepared to apologize if they had upset anyone as they were both just desperate to draw the line under the affair. But they were strongly advised not to go down the path of excuses.
Caught on camera: Holly and Phil were pictured entering the venue through a door which was clearly marked as not for public access – thought to be an entrance for members of the media
The backlash against the pair has been so great that TV insiders are expressing “serious concerns” for the presenters’ welfare after they appeared in tears and silenced on This Morning this week.
In the show’s first episode since the scandal broke, Holly and Phil, 60, strongly denied viewers’ claims they were “too fancy to queue” and said they were at Westminster Hall on Friday “extremely for event reporting purposes.’
The voiceover also emphasized the point: “Please know that we would never jump a line.”
However, some social media users were not convinced and there were calls for the couple to apologise.
ITV has since doubled down on the row over footage which appears to show them walking past the Queen’s coffin – but Holly is said to have been particularly hit by the online backlash and feels they have been “left out to dry”, sources told early.
Clearer view: Photo of Westminster Abbey – highlighting where the media box is, where the public queue is and where Holly and Phil appear to be walking