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DAN WOOTTON: Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby have taken us for fools

Phillip Schofield's plot and his hapless accomplice Holly Willoughby's explanation of how to skip a queue of tens of thousands of ordinary Brits waiting to pay their respects to the queen lying in state wasn't actually jumping a queue will pass the ages as one of the all-time great public relations disasters, writes DAN WOOTTON

It is the verbal gymnastics we expect from scandal-ridden politicians.

Like Matt Hancock declaring he didn’t break the draconian social distancing rules he was imposing on all of us, despite smooching and groping a woman who wasn’t his wife at his workplace while Covid restrictions remained in place.

Or Bill Clinton insisting he didn’t have ‘sex’ with ‘that woman’ Monica Lewinsky – and claiming that, even though he tried smoking weed, he never inhaled.

Phillip Schofield’s plot and his hapless accomplice Holly Willoughby’s explanation of how to skip a queue of tens of thousands of ordinary Brits waiting to pay their respects to the queen lying in state wasn’t actually jumping a queue will go down the ages as one of the all-time great public relations disasters.

Thanks to the live stream from Westminster Hall, we spotted the This Morning presenters being escorted past the coffin, even though Holly had donned a black mask, possibly because she was embarrassed by what exactly they were doing.

And following social media footage filmed by some of the honest people who had lined up in the 1pm queue around the Thames, we know they were ushered past the public to a special entrance.

It’s the kind of VIP treatment Phillip and Holly expect.

Phillip Schofield's plot and his hapless accomplice Holly Willoughby's explanation of how to skip a queue of tens of thousands of ordinary Brits waiting to pay their respects to the queen lying in state wasn't actually jumping a queue will pass the ages as one of the all-time great public relations disasters, writes DAN WOOTTON

Phillip Schofield’s plot and his hapless accomplice Holly Willoughby’s explanation of how to skip a queue of tens of thousands of ordinary Brits waiting to pay their respects to the queen lying in state wasn’t actually jumping a queue will pass the ages as one of the all-time great public relations disasters, writes DAN WOOTTON

Sadly, Queuegate has proven what we've long suspected: Phillip and Holly think they're better than us, writes DAN WOOTTON (pictured)

Sadly, Queuegate has proven what we’ve long suspected: Phillip and Holly think they’re better than us, writes DAN WOOTTON (pictured)

At ITV Daytime, where I worked for 10 years, they are untouchable; treated like the broadcaster’s king and queen for whom every whim is attended to Mariah Carey-style by a massive crew of ever-obliging minions.

When offered the chance to view the Queen’s coffin, it wouldn’t have crossed their minds for a moment that they would probably have to line up with the public, just like their colleague Susanna Reid or the much more famous David Beckham decided to do it.

Indeed, they seemed to convince themselves that their ride in the coffin was some sort of selfless exercise conducted on a Friday (their holy day off) so that they could be the eyes and ears of the British public.

On a damage control broadcast yesterday, Holly said in a voiceover dripping with false sincerity: ‘This 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 their respects walked along a carpeted area next to the coffin and had time to pause. None of the broadcasters and journalists present took the place of anyone in the queue and no one passed the queen. Of course, we respected these rules. However, we realize it may have looked like something else, so we fully understand the reaction. Please know that we would never skip a queue.

Uh, what?

Holly, Phillip and This Morning take us for fools with this statement.

We KNOW they skipped the queue. There is no doubt about it – it is a fact; the videos show it happening.

By treating This Morning viewers in such a derisory manner, it’s no wonder Queuegate is tearing apart Phillip and Holly’s remaining credibility.

The question is not whether the star presenters jumped the line, but whether it was an acceptable thing to do as “journalists” covering the historic event.

Even if we’re nice and okay with Phil and Holly suddenly being field reporters and This Morning being a news show, a lot of things still don’t make sense with their explanation.

The most curious thing is the fact that they showed up at Westminster without a cameraman or a technical team. This is unheard of for star presenters on a show like This Morning with an unlimited budget.

Obviously no equipment could be brought to Westminster Hall itself, but if they were reporting on the event they would have had cameras to film them before they entered and once they left, presumably interviewing members of the public about their experience inside.

But all that ended up playing was a very short clip that looked like it had been filmed on an iPhone, where Holly nods her head enthusiastically in agreement when Phillip proclaims, “This must probably be one of the deepest parts of my life, if not the deepest.” life.’

Even more curious is the fact that they had no shows to air on Saturdays, Sundays or Mondays, so they knew the earliest they could talk about their experience at Westminster Hall was on Tuesdays, when the Queen had already been buried.

I believe it has become a scandal because of the transparency and reliability.

It’s the kind of VIP treatment Phillip and Holly (pictured together) expect, writes DAN WOOTTON

Had Holly and Phil admitted that they had skipped the queue, using their privilege as members of the media, as many other reporters and broadcasters did, to be able to talk about the experiences of viewing the coffin of the queen on their show, then we would have at least respected their honesty and moved on.

But that’s the holier answer than you suggesting we’ve all totally missed the point that made things so much worse.

To be honest, I feel like the Phillip and Holly cult is coming to an end.

In all honesty, she’s a kind woman who made the decision to be dragged into so many ways by her co-host out of loyalty when she’d better go her own way and focus on her hourly projects. primetime and his highly successful lifestyle business ventures. .

Viewers saw through Phillip after a string of scandals that seemed to shed light on his notoriously frosty relationships with other presenters.

They include the quirky Fern Britton, a good woman who remains bruised by her experiences, the exceptional Amanda Holden, whom he for some inexplicable reason refused to work with and she called him for it, and my colleague from GB News Eamonn Holmes, who helped announce Phillip’s Choreographed TV only comes out to be tossed aside months later.

This morning worked when it felt like we were watching two of our friends, with a family of regular guests we could relate to.

Now, we feel like we’re being belittled by two icy multi-millionaire divas who don’t seem so nice to their co-workers or fellow presenters.

Unfortunately, Queuegate proved what we’ve long suspected: Phillip and Holly think they’re better than us.

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