Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield got to have deep chats on set as there were fewer people around when staff members remained at home during the height of the pandemic.
The presenters have been on air throughout the global crisis and guided viewers through the pandemic by sticking to This Morning’s usual brand of human interest and fun, although they confessed they shared the same ‘fear and anxiety’ as everyone else last year.
Being able to chat more privately behind the scenes helped them both through the challenging time, with Phillip comparing their conversations to ‘therapy’.
Speaking to Radio Times, Holly said: ‘At one point we had cameras put into our homes so we could broadcast from there if we couldn’t get into the studio.’
Her co-star added: ‘We watched the team drift away and suddenly it was just Holly and I getting ready in make-up and that was like a therapy session. But right from the start, we said we didn’t want to do hysteria broadcasting. Not doom and gloom but honest and challenging.’
Phillip also recalled coming out as gay at the start of 2020, adding that the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown put things into perspective for him.
Phil said they tried not to make the programme ‘doom and gloom’ (Picture: ITV)
‘There are much, much bigger things in the world than our own personal struggles,’ he said.
Holly also reflected on her 12 years at Phil’s side on the ITV daytime programme, remembering how ‘terrified’ she was when she first joined and worried a lot about ‘looking stupid’.
The Dancing On Ice host revealed: ‘I was quite young and I think some people were questioning whether I was the right person for the job. Luckily, Phil believed in me from the get-go.’