The BBC no longer offers Holly Willoughby a lucrative golden handcuffs deal
For a year, the BBC executives have courted 42-year-old Holly Willoughby, leading up to her departure from “This Morning.“
Holly has faced challenges in the past few months, including a reported kidnapping plot and an external investigation into “This Morning,” where she worked alongside Phillip Schofield for a significant period.
Charlotte Moore, the BBC Content chief, had aimed to strengthen their relationship with Holly.
However, due to Holly’s recent challenges, insiders claim that the BBC has put their approach on hold.
A source shared, “At this time, the BBC won’t sign Holly to an exclusive contract or feature her as the main attraction for any new shows.”
They added that the BBC had limited golden handcuffs deals. Holly had been in consideration for a major role with them.
On the show “Freeze The Fear,” Holly excelled alongside Wim Hof, a Dutch extreme athlete. She almost secured the hosting role for the BBC’s “Survivor” reboot.
Yet, considering recent events, the BBC intends to allow Holly some time before proposing any deals.
The results of the internal ITV report on “This Morning” remain undisclosed. The BBC considers its implications before making decisions.
Last year, at a charity event, Charlotte Moore had a memorable interaction with Holly and Zara McDermott. Zara has since become a significant figure at the BBC.
In 2021, Holly joined Bradley Walsh on the primetime game show “Take Off With Bradley And Holly.”
She also co-hosted “Freeze The Fear” with Lee Mack in the previous year.
Joel Dommett secured the hosting role for “Survivor” over Holly due to scheduling conflicts.
Following a 14-year tenure, Holly left “This Morning” when news broke of a grave threat against her.
Authorities have charged Gavin Plumb, a 36-year-old security guard from Harlow, Essex, with plans to kidnap and conspire to murder.