Holly and Phil’s This Morning boss talks ‘dramatic’ backstage changes amid difficult time

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This Morning has remained on air throughout the coronavirus pandemic with social distancing measures in place. Holly Willoughby, 39, and Phillip Schofield’s show editor Martin Frizell, 61, has now opened up about the changes he made in the studio to ensure his staff are safe so they can continue keeping the nation entertained.

We had to take some dramatic measures to stay on air

Martin Frizell

Presenters Holly and Phil and Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford have been keeping viewers up to date about the latest coronavirus news as well as keeping them entertained with segments such as Spin The Wheel.

But, staying on air meant Martin and his team had to take drastic measures to ensure they were all safe, which included setting up cameras in their homes in case they were not allowed to present from the studio.

He added: “If Holly and Phil are not there, you’d start to worry, like, ‘What’s going on? Why are they not there?’

“To stay on air, and quite rightly so, we had to take some dramatic measures to stay on air.

“80 per cent of my team are working from home. We’ve gone from five cameras to three cameras in the studio,” he explained on the Media Masters podcast.


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Martin went on to say he also made the decision to have no guests in the studio, which has been in place since March 23rd.

As well as this, This Morning presenters have been driving themselves into work and have been doing their own hair and make-up, to avoid contact with others.

He added: “I’ve seen Holly in her wardrobe, which is empty now, steaming her own dress.

“They drive themselves into work, so just cutting down [on] contact with anyone. They put their own microphones on.”

Martin added he also set up a working from home programme as a back-up plan, incase they were not allowed into the studio.

He added: “We went to the point of even if that wasn’t enough, if somehow we was going to be stopped getting into the building, we put cameras into their homes.

“Holly had a camera in their home as did Phillip and Eamonn and Ruth.

“It all came together, we did a few dummy runs along with GMB about how to get it on air and it worked.

“We were determined to get it out, I have been in most days through the crisis.”

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Martin added that the changes to the show during the difficult time has brought the team closer together.

“We’re more of a team now than we have ever been,” he added.

The ITV editor joined This Morning back in 2015 after working on Loose Women.

He took a break from going into the studio earlier this year after his wife Fiona Phillips suffered from coronavirus.


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Addressing his absence from the studio at the time, Phil told viewers: “Martin our boss is in self-isolation at the moment because his wife has been poorly, so lots of love to them.

“We’re missing him enormously. I think he is missing us enormously. He’s never off the phone!”

Holly interjected: “I think he’s missing us more!”

This Morning continues today at 10am on ITV.

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