Holly Willoughby missed the first 'This Morning' of 2021 to spend "a couple of extra days with the family".

Holly Willoughby

Holly Willoughby

The 39-year-old TV presenter was replaced by Rochelle Humes on today's (04.01.20) show, and her co-host Phillip Schofield revealed his usual sidekick wasn't in the studio because she was having some additional family time.

Phil said: "Hiya and happy new year. Welcome to the very first 'This Morning' of 2021.

"Holly is spending a couple of extra days with the family, so Rochelle is here.

"How lovely to see you."

Rochelle replied: "It's so lovely to see you."

When Phil asked if she had enjoyed a good Christmas, she replied: "It was a really nice Christmas, actually. Different, obviously.

"I'm pleased the Elf on the Shelf has taken a hiatus for a while."

This comes after Holly missed two days of 'This Morning' last November because her children were being tested for Covid-19.

The TV presenter - who has kids Belle, Chester and Harry with her husband Dan Baldwin - sparked viewer concern when she was away from 'This Morning' on November 18th and November 19th, but she later revealed the reason behind her absence.

She wrote on Instagram Stories: "Just wanted to say thank you for all your kind messages... Over the last few days two of our children were unwell and had symptoms of Covid.

"In line with government guidelines we were waiting for results of the tests before I return to work.

"Couple that with just wanting to look after two poorly children, it meant having two days away from 'This Morning'.

"I chose not to alert everyone to this because my focus was on looking after them...

"Thankfully all tests came back negative and everybody's feeling much better... see you Monday! Once again, thank you for all the lovely messages, Holly xxx (sic)."