Queuegate: Richard Ayoade jokes about Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield’s ‘national scandal’

Richard Ayoade and the cast of Do I have news for you? have torn themselves into the “national scandal” surrounding the alleged This morning jump queue.

Presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have been accused of “skipping the line” to see the Queen’s coffin ahead of her funeral on Monday (September 19) during filming for This Morning.

Willoughby and Schofield denied the allegations, saying they “would never jump in line.”

At the time of writing, almost 70,000 people have signed a petition urging ITV to “ax” presenters over allegedly jumping the queue.

During the episode of Friday (September 23) night HIGNFYHer host Ayoade joked the “national scandal” was “the biggest thing that’s happened” this week.

“ITV’s Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield … appear to have just turned up at Westminster Hall on Sunday without having waited in line for the previous 36 hours,” said Ayoade.

“Just showed up? Like a haunted?” Comedian Roisin Conaty asked.

Ayoade continued, “They had to present ‘Hello Good Morning’ for five years, which would actually be punishment enough.”

Speaking of the average wait time, Ian Hislop said: “It started at around 14 hours, then 15 and it ended up being six years.

“People liked the experience of queuing. They liked being there and then if they thought someone had jumped in line, people would get very angry.”

“To be fair, Charles has been in line for quite some time,” joked Paul Merton.

After the initial backlash, ITV released a statement, saying: “They have not queued, have VIP access or passed the Queen in state – but have instead been there in a professional capacity as part of the world media to report on the event.”

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield claim they jumped in line to visit Queen

Present This morning On Tuesday (September 20) Willougby explained that as members of the media they had been given “official permission” to see the coffin “solely for the purpose of reporting the event to the millions of people in the UK who have not been in the.” able to visit Westminster in person’.

“None of the broadcasters and journalists there sat anyone in line and no one pushed past the Queen.”

While saying that she and Schofield “respected those rules,” Willoughby explained, “However, we recognize that it might have looked different, so we totally understand the reaction.”

“Please note that we would never queue,” she concluded.

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