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ITV boss complained to Domino's Pizza about Holly and Phil queue-gate tweet

Callum Jones

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ITV boss complained to Domino's Pizza about Holly and Phil queue-gate tweet

The CEO of ITV has addressed a tweet from Domino's Pizza where the company joked about the ongoing 'queue-gate' scandal surrounding Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield.

The This Morning presenters have been heaped in controversy since many have accused them of 'skipping the line' to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state.

Takeaway company Domino's tweeted a cheeky dig at the two presenters on 22 September, saying: "Apologies to anyone waiting on their pizza, we've just received an order from Holly and Phil #ThisMorning."

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ITV CEO Carolyn McCall has addressed the tweet and the scandal itself at a speech at the Royal Television Society convention in London.

In that speech, McCall said the company called Domino's to complain about the tweet, with the pizza company believing it was funny.

The CEO also reiterated that Holly and Phil did nothing wrong and 'it's really horrible for them'.

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McCall confirmed the pair's jobs were safe despite a petition calling for them to be axed from This Morning gaining over 76,000 signatures.

Domino's is not the only brand to jump on this controversy surrounding Holly and Phil, with many nightclubs joining in on the action.

A number of clubs over the past week, including some in Birmingham and London, have said anyone called Holly and Phil could skip the queue to the club and go straight in.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have been heavily criticised following their visit of the Queen lying in state. Credit: BBC
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have been heavily criticised following their visit of the Queen lying in state. Credit: BBC
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ITV bossed have continued to reiterate that the This Morning presenters did nothing wrong.

In a statement released on the show's Instagram page shorty after the controversy started, This Morning said: "Hello everyone, we would like to clarify something.

"They did not jump the queue, have VIP access or file past the Queen lying in state - but instead were there in a professional capacity as part of the world’s media to report on the event."

The presenters themselves addressed the issue in a voiceover on a segment on the Queen.

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In that VT, Holly said: "It was strictly for the purpose of reporting on the event for millions of people in the UK who haven't been able to visit Westminster in person.

"The rules were we would be quickly escorted around the edges to a platform at the back."

Holly and Phil have presented ITV's This Morning together since 2009. Credit: LANDMARK MEDIA / Alamy Stock Photo
Holly and Phil have presented ITV's This Morning together since 2009. Credit: LANDMARK MEDIA / Alamy Stock Photo

She continued: "In contrast, those paying respects walked along a carpeted area beside the coffin, and were given time to pause.

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"None of the broadcasters or journalists there took anyone's place in the queue and no one filed past the Queen.

"We of course respected those rules, however we realised that it may have looked like something else and therefore totally understand the reaction."

The This Morning co-host finished by saying: "Please know that we would never jump the queue."

Featured Image Credit: BBC/Shutterstock

Topics: This Morning, Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield, ITV, TV and Film

Callum Jones
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