Andrew Neil puffs up as he praises the “friendly” Phillip and Holly

This morning guest Andrew Neil moved viewers to tears after he himself surged after calling hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby “so nice”.

The seasoned journalist and broadcaster, 72, is a fixture on the show, which discusses the day’s topics.

However, on today’s broadcast (Wednesday June 9th) he got emotional and praised the presenting duo.


Andrew has appeared on tonight’s episode (Image Credit: ITV)

What happened to Andrew Neil this morning?

During the last two lockdowns, Andrew appeared on video link to debate news.

Today, however, he came back to the studio for the first time in months.

And while the trio discussed a variety of topics with Royal Editor Camilla Tominey, Andrew took the time to thank them both.

“Look, I wanted to come today to thank you,” he said.

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“Oh thank you!” Holly replied, surprised, adding, “It’s been wonderful to have you here this year!”

Phil, also amazed, then asked, “What do you want to thank us for?”

Andrew said emotionally, “For being so nice, wonderful!”

Andrew Neil that morning puffed up as he thanked Phil and Holly for being
Phil and Holly were touched by Andrew’s comments (Image credit: ITV)

Why did Andrew get emotional?

It was then Andrew who surged, which also made the presenting duo emotional.

However, Andrew did not reveal why he was getting so emotional or why he thanked Phil and Holly.

It’s not clear what happened off-camera, despite the fact that the presenter is launching his brand new news network, GB News, over the weekend.

Thank you, hope it goes well, thank you, you are soft sometimes!

He had previously described the start as “tense”.

“Andrew, that’s nice to say and good luck on Sunday!” Phillip finally said after a pause.

“Thank you, hope it goes well, thank you, you are sometimes soft!” Holly hooked up.

How did the audience react to Andrew?

The viewers on Twitter were also moved by Andrew’s emotional outburst.

They speculated as to why he thanked the couple.

“Ah @thismorning what a gracious gentleman @afneil is,” wrote one.

“Moved me to tears this morning! Speak very sensibly, as always. I’m looking forward to @GBNEWS starting on Sunday and I wish Andrew the best of luck. #This morning.”

Andrew Neil that morning puffed up as he thanked Phil and Holly for being
Viewers were also moved by Andrew’s expression of emotion (Image credit: ITV)

Another thought that Covid might have something to do with Andrew’s comments.

They said, “It just shows how Covid [affected] everyone. Seeing @afneil so close to tears was touching and extremely shocking.

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“Bless your heart, hope you are well. #this morning.”

A third said, “Hopefully when Andrew Neil @afneil gets emotional at #ThisMorning it will remind people that even die-hard political journalists are real people.”

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