Footage has emerged of Phillip Schofield looking rather awkward when asked about ‘queue gate’ during last night's National Television Awards. Take a look at the uncomfortable moment below:
Schofield and his co-host, Holly Willoughby, won the Best Daytime Award for This Morning at last night’s ceremony.
But unfortunately, boos could be heard from the crowd as their nomination was announced, causing the pair to look rather embarrassed and uncomfortable.
This is likely due to the accusations that were made following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, in which the duo were believed to have skipped the queue to pay their respects as the Queen was lying in state ahead of her funeral last month.
But despite the backlash and the negativity from the crowd, the show gained enough votes to be crowned the winner of the category.
And backstage after the award announcement, Schofield was asked upfront about the infamous 'queue gate'.
The TV presenter was asked: “Do you think now that you’ve won this the public have said, 'actually, we don’t care that much about queue gate'?”
Schofield looked visibly awkward and was seen quickly working out the best way to answer the question - which resulted in him deciding to ignore the whole thing completely.
Instead, he replied: “We’re so grateful to our amazing viewers. We love them.”
The clip was filmed and uploaded to TikTok by @paulotik0tok, and has so far been viewed more than 67,000 times.
But it turns out that people still aren’t impressed; in fact, many even accused the award of being fixed.
“They should not have won, but ITV fixed it,” said one user.
“No, I don't think the public think that for one minute!! They both had their time!!” another added while another person said the way he responded 'screams guilt'.
Another commented: “These votes were before queue gate. They will not win next time.”
Despite the ongoing public perception, Schofield and Willoughby denied the allegations that they skipped the queue and instead claimed they went to Westminster Hall as part of their job as presenters.
In a voiceover given during a This Morning episode after the Queen's funeral, Willoughby said: "Like hundreds of accredited broadcasters and journalists, we were given official permission to access the hall.
"It was strictly for the purpose of reporting on the event for millions of people in the UK who have not been able to visit Westminster in person.
"The rules were that we would be quickly escorted around the edges to a platform at the back. In contrast, those paying respect walked along a carpeted area beside the coffin and were given time to pause."
Featured Image Credit: @paulotik0tok/TikTok
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