Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield ‘turn backs on ITV peace talks’

ITV apparently have no plans on holding peace talks to fix the reported rift between its presenters Holly Willoughby, 42, and Phillip Schofield, 61.

According to an explosive new report, there are fears the pair may not even appear together to present This Morning this coming Monday.

A source has claimed that it is now “too late” for outside help and that “Holly just wants Phil gone.”

Speaking to the Sun on Sunday, representatives for ITV and the famous duo categorically denied mediation ­sessions would be held.

An ITV spokesman also sparked concern after they declined to comment on whether the pair would appear on our screens on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, a source told the publication: “It is awful. The atmosphere is shocking. When the cameras stop, so do they. No chat, no communication. It used to be relaxed and friendly.”

The source made the comments after viewers ­commented on how embarrassed Holly looked during Thursday’s show, as the pair were seen dancing together to Lulu’s 1969 Eurovision song Boom Bang-A-Bang.

“It seems that Holly clearly wants to stay — and a lot of the team want Phillip gone,” the source continued. “It is not a pleasant working environment for a place that used to be such fun when they were mates.

“The relationship appears to be becoming more and more strained. We all think mediation would be a great idea because something needs to be done.

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“Obviously all the bosses have had meetings about it but the only way you can deal with something like this is for the two former friends to come face to face and thrash it out.”

It also seems that the growing rift between the pair has affected the mood on set.

“The pair of them look miserable right now and it is rubbing off on everyone else,” the source added.

“It can’t carry on. People are complaining about it and everyone is dreading what Monday brings for the show and therefore the team.”

Express.co.uk has contacted Holly and Phillip’s representatives for comment, as well as ITV.

It comes after Phillip released a long statement in response to a previous report that he and Holly are “not as close as they once were” behind the scenes.

The ITV star insisted that while “things have not been easy” for the pair in recent times, he still considers her “my rock”.

However, an expert told Express.co.uk earlier this week that Phillip’s statement may be a sign he is “possessive” of his friend.

Dr Sandra Wheatley, a chartered member of the BPS and social psychologist working as a consultant for Potent, gave her opinion on the emotional statement in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.

Analysing the part of the statement where Phillip claims “Holly is my rock”, Dr Wheatley explained: “What he is doing here is reaffirming, if you want to put a positive spin on it, that he depends on her.

“That they have been close historically and that he feels they should continue to be close.”

However, she went on to suggest: “In a way it’s kind of like he’s possessive of her if you look at it from a more negative perspective.”

Express.co.uk contacted Phillip’s representatives for comment at the time.

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