PHILLIP Schofield and Holly Willoughby struggled to hold back tears as they discussed the friendship between two rugby players.

The presenting duo, who have put on a united front amid their huge fallout, were overcome with emotion as Holly gushed about “good people”.

They were watching the moment Kevin Sinfield carried his mate Rob Burrow over the finishing line in emotional scenes at the Leeds marathon.

The two Leeds Rhinos legends have been raising money and awareness for those with Motor Neurone Disease after Burrow became ill with the condition in 2019.

Phillip admitted they had to watch the video a number of times before coming on air so they wouldn’t break down in tears.

Camilla Tominey, who was discussing the news with them,said:"It’s the beauty of a friendship."

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Holly replied: “Yeah. It’s the moment where he is talking in his eyes. It’s just really lovely. Human’s are good aren’t they?"

It comes after the presenting duo’s working relationship has come under scrutiny after it was revealed they have had a huge falling out and Holly had ‘cut ties’ with her co-host.

It's understood Holly is 'devastated' over the move but was left blindsided when Phil, 61, released a statement on their feud without consulting her.

It comes after The Sun first reported how the TV stars' relationship was under strain.

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Phil confronted his co-star Holly in a tense phone call shortly after their rift was made public.

The presenter has been fearful he could be axed from the ITV daytime show over their widening feud.

But the pair are said to have come to a truce in order to host the show today.

A source said: “Holly and Phil are professionals and they can turn it on like no one else.

“Although behind the scenes their relationship is nothing like it was, they are both dedicated to This Morning and keeping it together for viewers.”

The source added: “This Morning are aware of the issues and are doing everything they can to keep things running smoothly.”

Earlier today we told how Phil has hired a lawyer after being “blindsided” by how public their fall out has become.

An insider told The Sun: “Phil has instructed a lawyer to help keep his reputation intact.

“They are overseeing stories relating to ITV and his role on This Morning and are ensuring Phil is protected.

“Phil has done absolutely nothing wrong and doesn’t have a PR team guiding him.

“He and ITV felt he needed someone, officially, in his corner to ward off stuff that isn’t true.”

“Phil doesn’t want this to get beyond his control.”

Holly and Phil will be on screen together until late July and then take a six-week summer break.

It is believed they will hold talks with ITV on how they can move forward before their return in September.

Since Holly and Phil’s last show together on Thursday, he has chosen to lie low.

Holly appeared stony-faced when seen on a trip out on Saturday.

Those close to Holly said she was “blindsided” by Phil’s emotional statement about their friendship last week, which confirmed the issues within their relationship.

Similarly, after Holly chose to remain silent those close to Phil said he felt hurt that she had failed to speak openly about him.

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Phil lobbied for Holly to join This Morning as co-presenter when Fern Britton, 65, left the show.

Holly joined him in 2009 and the pair — who also co-host Dancing on Ice — have earned 12 National Television Awards between them.

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