Holly Willoughby breaks silence on This Morning’s NTA loss after winning for 13 years

Holly Willoughby has broken her silence after This Morning was dealt a blow at the National Television Awards on Tuesday evening.

For the first time in 13 years, the programme failed to scoop up the Best Daytime Show award, instead losing out to The Repair Shop.

Holly, 42, also opted to skip her usual afterparty antics, instead making a swift exit from the awards ceremony with her husband Daniel Baldwin just minutes after it finished.

Appearing on Wednesday’s episode of the ITV show alongside co-host Craig Doyle, Holly addressed the historic loss and congratulated 'The Repair Shop' presenter Jay Blade.

Holly said: "A huge congratulations to 'The Repair Shop,' well done you! Jay Blades, a lot of love to him, he ran over to us, gave us all a big cuddle, which I thought was just such class and gorgeous. I actually didn't want to let go, good hugs, Jay Blades!"

She added: "A massive thank you as well just for voting for us, getting us through to the shortlist.

"You look at that, you've got The Chase, Loose Women, The Repair Shop, us, just to make it to there was just so wonderful so thank you always for your love and support!”

This Morning has had a tough year after presenter Phillip Schofield stepped down after admitting to an "unwise but not illegal" relationship with a younger colleague. 

Following a summer break from the show, Holly has now returned as the main presenter with a string of rotating co-hosts, including Alison Hammond, who she sat next to at the NTAs.

It comes as Holly spoke to OK! on the red carpet of the event about reports that This Morning has a ‘toxic’ culture behind the scenes.

She told us: "I know there's been lots of reports about things and for me personally, you know, I don't want to speak on behalf of other people, but it's a world I honestly don't recognise."

Holly continued and said: "I think that we all look after each other is the honest truth."

The TV presenter also addressed how "difficult" her year has been at times, insisting that people want things to "move on."

She told OK!: "This last year has been quite difficult at times. You know, if I'm really honest, it's been up and down.

"I think it's been a really difficult year for everybody but what's lovely is you find that people rally around you and, you know, the goodwill is there."

Holly continued: "People want things to move on."

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