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This Morning editor Martin Frizzell under pressure as Holly and Phil Queuegate scandal continues
Martin Frizzell, editor of This Morning, has come under pressure over the stateside queue-jumping furor – much to the delight of some staff who are not fans of Friz.
Pictures showing Frizzle whipping her hair around as she escorted Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield to the media fast track of the ‘Queen’s tail’ are a particular source of scorn.
A source told Alison Boshoff: “Martin carries a mini hairbrush in her bag; and the first thing she does when she comes in every morning is brush her hair. The fact that he’s blowing his hair in this now controversial moment is so typical of him.
Under fire: Martin Frizzell, editor of This Morning (right) is under pressure over stateside queue-jumping furore with presenters Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield
If ‘Friz’ is indeed to go, it could be the beginning of the end for Schofield. The two men have a mutual admiration society, with Frizzell calling the broadcaster “The King”.
ITV denied any wrongdoing by their breakfast stars, saying: “All allegations of misconduct are categorically false.”
However, since the hoo-ha erupted, the pair have been surprised by the strength of the backlash.
On Tuesday morning, make-up artists went to great lengths to cover up the fact that the presenter had been crying.
A source said: “Holly is annoyed that ITV’s response has been slow. . . it is disastrous for her image.
Big fan: If ‘Friz’ is indeed to come out, it could be the beginning of the end for Schofield. The two men have a mutual admiration society, with Frizzell calling the broadcaster “The King”
Sources also revealed that Marks & Spencer had some discussions about Willoughby’s deal with them as they were concerned.
On Tuesday’s episode of This Morning – the first since “queue-gate” began – Willoughby and Scofield issued a lengthy denial that they jumped the queue.
Speaking over a pack of the two in Westminster Hall, Willoughby explained: “Like hundreds of accredited broadcasters and journalists, we have been given official permission to enter the hall.
“This was strictly to report the event to the millions of people in the UK who were unable to visit Westminster in person.
“The rules were that we would quickly be escorted around the edges to a platform in the back.
“In contrast, those paying their respects walked the carpeted area next to the casket and were given time to stop.
“None of the cameramen and journalists there took anyone’s place in the queue and no one walked past the Queen. We, of course, followed these rules.
“However, we recognize that it may have looked like something else and therefore fully understand the reaction. Please know that we would never skip the line.
Emotional: On Tuesday morning, make-up artists went to great lengths to hide the fact that the host was crying