Holly Willoughby ‘wooed by BBC’ after feeling upset over ITV’s handling of Queen queue gate

This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby is currently be getting "wooed" by the BBC, with the ITV star being their guest of honour at an award's ceremony.

The BBC are said to be trying to tempt Holly, 41, to front some of their upcoming shows, following her upset at ITV's handling of the queue-gate controversy.

It comes just a couple of months after the TV presenter was said to be in "crisis talks" with ITV after backlash over claims she “queue jumped” to see the Queen Lying-in-State with co-host Phillip Schofield.

Holly was reported to have left ITV worried that she may quit her This Morning job after she was left disappointed that ITV didn’t address the scandal sooner.

And now it has emerged that Holly was the BBC's guest of honour at the Variety Club Showbusiness Awards, after being personally invited by BBC content boss Charlotte Moore.

Insiders have revealed that the BBC are hoping to convince Holly to front a number of their upcoming shows.

A source told The Sun: "Holly is very much a key target for the BBC and she was their guest at the Variety Club awards.

"Holly was wined and dined by Charlotte who is keen to get Holly on board for some of their upcoming big shows.

"Her husband Dan is on board and thinks Holly could make great strides at the Beeb."

Revealing that Holly has felt upset at ITV's handling of queue-gate, the insider went on to share how the BBC made it clear to her that they see her as a valuable asset and could be a great addition to the team.

They added that the invite to the awards is "all part of the Beeb’s plan to woo Holly".

Holly is a "squeaky clean, family friendly and fun TV star," the insider said, which is perfect for the BBC audience.

It comes after Holly was said to be at "the end of her tether" with long-time co-host Phillip Schofield.

After a petition the pair to be axed from This Morning reached over 75,000 signatures, a source told OK! that the relationship between the presenting duo had begun to sour.

They said: "The atmosphere in the This Morning studio is awful. You could cut the tension in the room with a knife. Queue-gate’ has made the relationship between Holly and Phil extremely awkward.

"He’s become a lot more snappy – on and off set – and Holly is at the end of her tether with his constant interruptions and abruptions."


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