Susanna Reid says Holly Willoughby made right choice by quitting This Morning

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    Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid has spoken out following her ITV co-star Holly Willoughby’s shock exit from This Morning.

    The ITV show returned for another instalment on Wednesday (October 11) with Susanna and Ed Balls back at the helm. And one of the hot topics on the programme was news that Holly had quit the ITV daytime show after 14 years.

    The TV star confirmed that she will not be returning to the famous blue sofa in an emotional message to fans. She decided to leave her job "for me and my family" after missing episodes of the programme after a man was charged with soliciting to commit murder over an alleged plot to kidnap the TV presenter.

    And on Wednesday (October 11) Susanna was quick to send her well wishes to Holly during an episode of GMB. She began: “I just want to open the show by sending, I’m sure, all of our best wishes to Holly Willoughby, who has made what is clearly the difficult decision to step down from This Morning on ITV daytime after 14 years at the programme.”

    Susanna added: “She’s clearly made the right decision for her and her family, as she says, a very difficult goodbye, but family first.” The journalist went on: “Our very best wishes to Holly, a beloved colleague. I’ll miss seeing her walking past as she goes to work.”

    Susanna’s co-host Ed then chimed in to have his say. He said “She’s had such a tough year, but you feel confident that she’ll be back on television soon, we don’t know when but she’s a total star, so it’ll be a big loss.”

    It comes after Piers Morgan showed his support to Holly following her shock exit. Speaking on his show, Piers Morgan Uncensored, the broadcaster told viewers: "It’s clearly shaken her so badly she’s walked away from one of the top jobs in television.

    He then referenced the recent Netflix documentary, Who Killed Jill Dando? which revisits the unsolved 1999 murder of beloved TV presenter Jill Dando. The dad-of-four continued: "With the Jill Dando documentary on Netflix right now… I really feel for her. I’ve known Holly a long time. [It’s] terrifying."

    Reflecting on Holly's statement, where she explained she made the decision to step back because it was the best thing for her family, Piers added: "[The] last line said it all to me. This is because she has got young kids, she’s thinking, ‘My God this is not worth it, I’ve got one of the best jobs in telly, so what. There is some lunatic out there’.”

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    • Holly Willoughby
    • Susanna Reid
    • This Morning
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