Holly Willoughby has announced that she has taken two days off during the week because two of her children were showing symptoms of COVID-19.
The 39-year-old TV personality was replaced by Davina McCall and Alison Hammond as Phillip Schofield's co-host as she waited for the test results – which turned out negative.
The star, who has daughter Belle, nine, and sons Harry, 11, and Chester, six with husband Dan Baldwin, thanked her Instagram stories to explain her absence and thanked fans for their concern since she assured that she would be returning to hosting on Monday.
Breaking Silence: Holly Willoughby announced that she was taking two days off during the week because two of her children were showing symptoms of COVID-19
She wrote, “I just wanted to thank you for all of your kind messages … in the past few days two of our children have been unwell and had symptoms of COVID.
"In accordance with government guidelines, we waited for the results of the tests before I could go back to work. Since we only wanted to look after two poor children, it meant we were two days before @thismorning."
Holly went on to explain why she had remained silent on the matter when fans drove to express concern over her unannounced absence.
Loving Mother: The 39-year-old TV personality is a devoted parent to nine-year-old daughter Belle and eleven-year-old sons Harry and six-year-old Chester with husband Dan Baldwin
She said, "I made a decision not to bring this to everyone's attention because I was focused on taking care of them. Fortunately, all the tests came back negative and everyone is feeling much better. See you on Monday!"
Holly concluded, "Thanks again for all the great news … Holly xx."
The star sparked concern among This Morning fans when she missed the show for the second straight year on Thursday.
58-year-old Schofield referred briefly to the host's absence when he revealed, "Holly has a day off, she'll be back on Monday."
Gratitude: The star took note of her Instagram stories to explain her absence and thanked fans for their concern as she assured them she would host again on Monday
Fan favorite Holly was replaced by broadcaster Davina McCall, 53, on Thursday after Alison Hammond 45 filled in Wednesday's edition.
Fans took to Twitter to express their confusion over the last minute switch when they said, “Where the hell is Holly !!! Something is going on here #ThisMorning.
& # 39; #ThisMorning then still no Holly? Inquisitive and inquisitive … What's the madness with Holly then … did Phil ban her? #This morning.
& # 39; Anyway, something strange is going on with Holly #ThisMorning … Holly still looks at #ThisMorning on her extended day off.
What's happening? Holly sparked concern among This Morning fans when she missed the program for the second straight year on Thursday (last pictured on the series on Tuesday).
& # 39; Something is wrong with #ThisMorning weird that Holly & # 39; has days off when it should be on the air and suddenly there is a lack of celebrities and calls to agonizing aunts, strange.
“Why are you caged about why Holly isn't there? They are usually very open and transparent !!! #this morning.
"Holly has a day off? She has Friday, Saturday, Sunday off every week and every school vacation.
"Why not just say something is wrong, she has personal reasons? What other reason would she be on the go for 2 days? Hope she is fine ?! #This morning.
"Holly has a day off, she'll be back on Monday": Phillip Schofield, 58, briefly referred to the 39-year-old presenter's absence when he switched to Davina McCall, 53
"What happened to Holly?" Fans took to Twitter to express their confusion over the last minute move
"What happened to Holly? You said a break, but came back from vacation on Monday? Thinking face #ThisMorning." (Sic)
Big Brother's Davina last stood up for Holly in June when she skipped the program to bring her three children back to school after a three-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The ITV veteran shared a picture of herself with Harry, 11, Belle, 9 and Chester, 5 when she admitted that feeling guilty in working mothers is her "biggest challenge".
When Phillip from Dancing On Ice first presented the show together, he asked, "We've never done this to me?" And co-host Davina confirmed, "No, I don't think we have."
Last minute: 45-year-old series reporter Alison Hammond filled in the fan favorite's shoes on Wednesday (picture)
Media personality Holly has been the face of This Morning since replacing Fern Britton in September 2009 and often takes breaks from work to spend time with her family during the semester and summer break.
The former Celebrity Juice panellist, who shares children with 12-year-old husband Dan Baldwin, discussed the guilty experience of working mothers in an open interview with Red Magazine.
The TV star admitted she never imagined juggling motherhood with a career when she dreamed of having a family.
She explained, "Becoming a mother was the only thing I knew I definitely wanted when I was growing up, but the biggest challenge was the image I never had as a working mother."
"I feel guilty for getting this part wrong. You love her so much and you don't want to mess her up.
Holly said her work schedule meant she'd missed important days in her children's lives.
Shake-up: Big Brothers Davina last stood up for the media personality (pictured) in June when she skipped her stint to get her three children back to school
"The New Norm": The ITV veteran shared a picture of herself on the school run with Harry, 11, Belle, 9, and Chester, 5 after admitting the working mother's fault was her "greatest." Challenge "is.
The Brighton native added, "The truth is, I didn't turn in Harry or Belle's first day of school because I was working. I hate that I wasn't there because they're memories you can't get back.
"But I realized that the only way to fight these feelings is to accept that sometimes I don't get it right – and that's okay."
The TV star added that she was "lucky" to see her children after school and be there on weekends.
Parenting is a top priority for Holly, so she took her kids out of school when she stood up for Ant McPartlin during the 2018 edition of I'm A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! in Australia.
Family first: The mother of three often takes breaks from work to spend time with her family during halftime and summer vacation
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