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An ITV boss has confirmed the broadcaster is still looking forward to working with Holly Willoughby “in the future” following the news she is quitting This Morning.

Kevin Lygo, managing director of media and entertainment at ITV, has shared the following statement: “We are sad that Holly is leaving This Morning, but respect her decision which we know will have been extremely difficult for her to make.

“Holly is one of the best-loved, respected and most accomplished broadcasters in the UK.

“She has been at the heart of This Morning for the past 14 years, and she is adored by our viewers.

“Holly has brought her unique brand of warmth, energy, humour and fun to one of the country’s most popular daytime shows, and everyone on the programme will miss her enormously.

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“She remains a much-loved member of the ITV family and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.”

Fans will be anxiously waiting to hear if Holly will be returning to her role on popular ITV programme Dancing On Ice, which will air at the start of next year.

ITV’s statement comes after Holly confirmed she will “not be returning to This Morning” in a heartfelt post to her 8.4 million followers on Instagram.

She wrote: “I have let ITV know today that after 14 years, I will not be returning to This Morning.

“To everyone who has ever worked on the show over the years, thank you so so much.

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“Thank you to everyone at ITV for being supportive. To every guest who has sat on our sofa, thank you.

“Most of all, thank you to the wonderful viewers. You’ve been so loyal, so supportive and the very best company every day.

“Richard and Judy said ‘We only look after this show, it will always belong to the viewers’.

“It’s been an honour to just be part of it’s story and I know this story has many chapters left to go.

“Sadly, however, I now feel I have to make this decision for me and my family.

“I will miss you all so much. Holly,” she signed off.

While Hollie’s This Morning co-star Josie Gibson has been holding the fort in her absence, it has not yet been confirmed who will take over her role on the show.

Holly previously presented the popular ITV programme with Phillip Schofield, who exited the show earlier this year after it was revealed he’d had an affair with a much younger colleague.

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