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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield make a dig at Boris insincere Partygate apology

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield made a dig at Boris Johnson over his apology about Partygate on This Morning.

The ITV presenters were discussing the Prime Minister’s apology in the House of Commons on Tuesday (19 April) where he claimed he didn’t break or know the covid restrictions he set out and that “all guidance was followed completely.”

Phil, 60, said: "Following the prime minister's… apology in parliament for breaking his own lockdown laws, forgiveness is the subject of our phone-in today."

He broke into a smirk and added: “Here's what he said…"

In the clip, the prime minister told MPs: “Let me also say not by way of mitigation or excuse – but purely because it explains my previous words in this House – that it did not occur to me then or subsequently that a gathering in the Cabinet room just before a vital meeting on Covid strategy could amount to a breach of the rules."

Cutting back to the studio, Phil raised an eyebrow, before Holly, 41 said: “Well, [agony aunt] Deirdre is here later. What kind of things can people get in touch about later?"

Before Phil joked: “Boris could call, couldn’t he?”

As Holly exclaimed: “Yeah, Boris give us a call!”

"Yeah, we're talking about forgiveness," Deirdre said. "Saying sorry can just be so hard, can't it? And maybe you think someone owes you an apology and you really want them to say sorry before you can move on from that."

She then went on to make a subtle dig at the Prime Minster as she continued: "Or maybe someone has apologised by they didn't seem sincere, it's more about a gesture, and you don't really think they're sorry and you can't really forgive them.

“Or maybe you know that you should be saying sorry to someone – you know you've done wrong but you're really struggling to get that word out because we know that is the hardest thing to say."

It’s not the first time ITV presenters have discussed the Prime Minister’s behaviour as the Loose Women previously got into a heated debate about whether Johnson should resign.

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Linda Robson clashed with her co-stars as she defended Boris Johnson as he didn’t organise the parties. She said: "He didn't organise the party did he, he didn't organise a party he nearly died a couple of weeks before he'd been in hospital, he nearly died, he made a mistake."

Her co-star Kay Adams disagreed and responded: "Linda this is a man who’s a leader. Leaders should lead. They should not make excuses for getting it wrong. Leaders should show an example, have integrity, do what they say.”

However, Linda continued to share her support for Boris Johnson as her co-panellists slammed her for making “excuses” for the prime minister.

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