This Morning editor Martin Frizell comes under pressure over Queuegate
This Morning editor Martin Frizell comes under pressure as Queuegate scandal with Holly and Phil rumbles on
Martin Frizell, editor of This Morning, is coming under pressure over the lying-in-state queue-jumping furore — much to the satisfaction of some staff who are not Friz-fans.
Pictures showing Frizell flicking his hair as he accompanied Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield to the media fast track at the ‘Queen’s queue’, are a particular source of schadenfreude.
A source told Alison Boshoff: ‘Martin carries a mini hairbrush in his bag; and the first thing he does when he gets in every morning is brush his hair. The fact that he’s flicking his hair at this now controversial moment is so typically him.’
Under fire: Martin Frizell, editor of This Morning (circled) is coming under pressure over the lying-in-state queue-jumping furore with presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield
If ‘Friz’ does have to go it might be the beginning of the end for Schofield. The two men have a mutual admiration society, with Frizell calling the broadcaster ‘The King’.
ITV denied that their breakfast stars had done anything wrong, saying: ‘Any allegations of improper behaviour are categorically untrue.’
However, since the hoo-ha erupted, the pair have been taken aback by the strength of the backlash.
On Tuesday morning, make-up had quite a job to try to conceal the fact that the presenter had been crying.
A source said: ‘Holly is annoyed that the ITV response was slow . . . this is catastrophic to her image.’
Big fan: If ‘Friz’ does have to go it might be the beginning of the end for Schofield. The two men have a mutual admiration society, with Frizell calling the broadcaster ‘The King’
Sources have also revealed that Marks & Spencer have had some discussions about Willoughby’s deal with them, as they have been concerned.
On Tuesday’s episode of This Morning – the first since ‘queue-gate’ began, Willoughby and Schofield issued a lengthy denial that they had jumped the queue.
In a voiceover over a package of the pair at Westminster Hall, Willoughby explained: ‘Like hundreds of accredited broadcasters and journalists we were given official permission to access the hall.
‘It was strictly for the purpose of reporting on the event for millions of people in the UK who have not been able to visit Westminster in person.
‘The rules were that we would be quickly escorted around the edges to a platform at the back.
‘In contrast, those paying respect walked along a carpeted area beside the coffin and were given time to pause.
‘None of the broadcasters and journalists there took anyone’s place in the queue and no one filed past the Queen. We of course respected those rules.
‘However, we realise that it may have looked like something else, and therefore totally understand the reaction. Please know that we would never jump a queue.’
Emotional: On Tuesday morning, make-up had quite a job to try to conceal the fact that the presenter had been crying
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