Holly Willoughby gives a health update as stomach ache forces her to miss a third day this morning

Holly Willoughby has given an update on her health after a stomach ache forced her to miss a third day in This Morning on Thursday.

The presenter, 40, took to Instagram to share a statement via her cat Bluebell, in which she told that she was still ‘under the weather’, but assured that she would be back at work on Monday.

It comes after This Morning fans urged Josie Gibson to be Holly’s permanent replacement in the program, after she this week stood for the belly-plagued star alongside Phillip Schofield.

Still bad: Holly Willoughby has given an update on her health after a stomach ache forced her to miss a third day this morning Thursday (stock photo)

Still bad: Holly Willoughby has given an update on her health after a stomach ache forced her to miss a third day this morning Thursday (stock photo)

Along with a picture of Bluebell, Holly wrote: ‘Good morning … My name is Bluebell, unfortunately Holly will not be able to come out to play on @thismorning today as she is still under the weather …

“Seriously, what I’ve witnessed over the last 48 hours you did not want her there … I’m sure she’s coming back on Monday … Honestly, I’m tired of seeing her! “

Her message was met with a wealth of comments from fans and showbiz friends who were quick to wish her luck, including Davina McCall and Kelly Hoppen.

Meanwhile, Phillip spoke about his co-star’s absence in Thursday’s show, where he explained that the mother of three had gone through a ‘really hard time’ with her mistakes.

New role?  It comes after This Morning fans urged Josie Gibson to be Holly's permanent replacement in the show, after she stood for the belly-plagued star this week alongside Phillip Schofield

New role? It comes after This Morning fans urged Josie Gibson to be Holly’s permanent replacement in the show, after she this week starred the belly-plagued star alongside Phillip Schofield

He said, ‘Good morning to Holly. I texted her this morning and she is much improved from her stomach bug but is still not quite there.

‘But she’s coming on Monday. She’s had a really hard time. ‘

Stand-in host Josie, 36, then thanked Phil for showing her the ropes while hosting the show together over the past three days.

She exclaimed: ‘Three days, I can not believe it. I really enjoy it and I have had a really good time.

‘What our viewers do not do to you is you not only present and run the show, you teach me too. And you have made it so smooth that I doubt anyone at home has noticed it. ‘

To which he replied, ‘You are very sweet, but I have not had to do any of that – for you are brilliant.’

Update: The presenter, 40, took to Instagram to share a statement via her cat Bluebell, in which she told that she was still 'under the weather', but assured that she will be back at work on Monday

Update: The presenter, 40, took to Instagram to share a statement via her cat Bluebell, in which she told that she was still ‘under the weather’, but assured that she will be back at work on Monday

Reveals everything: 'Seriously, what I've witnessed over the last 48 hours you did not want her there ... I'm sure she's coming back on Monday ... Honestly, I'm tired of the sight of her!'

Reveals everything: ‘Seriously, what I’ve witnessed over the last 48 hours you did not want her there … I’m sure she’s coming back on Monday … Honestly, I’m tired of the sight of her!’

Supportive: Her message was met with a ton of comments from fans and showbiz friends who were quick to wish her luck, including Davina McCall and Kelly Hoppen

Supportive: Her message was met with a ton of comments from fans and showbiz friends who were quick to wish her luck, including Davina McCall and Kelly Hoppen

The former Big Brother winner, who has become an instant fan favorite – admitted on Wednesday that she cried after her anchoring debut, after being ‘showered with love’ on social media.

When Wednesday’s show opened, Phil exclaimed, ‘Look who’s left!’ leaves Josie roaring, ‘Thank you so much!’ while Phil added: ‘There has been a massive response. Everyone loves you ‘

‘Social media can be a very dark place. But yesterday I was showered with love. It’s really embarrassing, but I cried for about half an hour! ‘ Josie admitted.

Phil asked Josie if she had cried tears of “relief,” and she admitted, ‘It was just so emotional. It was a really big thing to sit here with you yesterday, and to get all the wonderful messages.

‘I can not thank you at home enough,’ Jodie hissed, before adding, ‘I want Holly to get better. I can only wing it for so long! ‘

Under the weather: Meanwhile, Phillip spoke about his co-star's absence in Thursday's show, where he explained that mother-of-three had gone through a 'really hard time' with his mistake

Under the weather: Meanwhile, Phillip spoke about his co-star’s absence in Thursday’s show, where he explained that mother-of-three had gone through a ‘really hard time’ with his mistake

Phil also gave an update on Holly’s situation and explained: I texted Holly all afternoon yesterday and apparently it’s a stomach bug that goes around everywhere. It’s a two-day thing, so she’s lost her appetite.

‘Hello, Hols. Hope you are okay. I’ll send you a message later, Holly, and see you tomorrow! ‘

And when the show started, Holly took to her Instagram stories to thank Josie for stepping in and confirmed that she would be back next to Phil when she is no longer ill.

She wrote: ‘Thank you @ josiegibson85 for saving yesterday … you are a dream! … I’ll be back as soon as I’m not in danger of throwing up on @schofe (sic) ‘

But viewers were quick to show their support for Josie, and some even asked that she permanently replace Holly in the role of co-host.

Debut: Josie made her co-hosted debut with Phillip Schofield on Tuesday after she was called up at the very last minute when Holly suffered a stomach upset

Debut: Josie made her co-hosted debut with Phillip Schofield on Tuesday after she was called up at the very last minute when Holly suffered a stomach upset

I'll return!  When the show began, Holly took to her Instagram stories to thank Josie for stepping in and confirming that she would be back next to Phil when she is no longer sick

I’ll return! When the show began, Holly took to her Instagram stories to thank Josie for stepping in and confirming that she would be back next to Phil when she is no longer sick

Someone tweeted: ‘I’m worried about Holly coming back tomorrow, should I call Deirdre? #this morning’

‘Did not think Holly would be back today, but must say prefers Josie #thismorning,’ admitted another, while another demanded, ‘Give Josie a full-time job #thismorning.’

One viewer claimed, ‘Request for Josie Gibson to become a full-time host #thismorning,’ while another added, ‘Maybe Holly has a contest?’

Another tweeted: ‘Josie is doing an excellent job … would love to see her present far more often. That said, I really hope Holly gets well soon ‘

‘Absolutely love Josie this morning! She is so natural and presents as if she has been doing it for years. What a breath of fresh air. Make her stay, ‘wrote another.

Team Josie!  Viewers were quick to show their support for Josie, and some even asked that she permanently replace Holly in the role of co-host.

Team Josie! Viewers were quick to show their support for Josie, and some even asked that she permanently replace Holly in the role of co-host.

Holly’s illness did not stop her from sharing a series of amazing photos that modeled Mark and Spencer’s recent collaboration with Ghost.

The bad presenter looked pretty as she spread herself across the piano in a deep leopard midi dress.

She kept things festive and posed in front of a decorated Christmas tree with a big grin on her face and her short blonde locks slightly curled.

Throwback: Holly's illness did not stop her from sharing a series of stunning photos as she spread out over a piano in a deep-seated leopard midi dress

Throwback: Holly’s illness did not stop her from sharing a series of stunning photos as she spread out over a piano in a deep-seated leopard midi dress

Chic: She kept things festive and posed in front of a decorated Christmas tree with a big laugh on her face and her short blonde locks slightly curled

Chic: She kept things festive and posed in front of a decorated Christmas tree with a big laugh on her face and her short blonde locks slightly curled

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