Anne Hegerty admits she was ‘wrong’ about Holly and Phil after defending ‘queue-jumping’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

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Their appearance on Friday sparked backlash from some members of the public.

In response, a This Morning spokesperson has since confirmed that the presenters were spared from queueing because they were visiting the Queen in a “professional capacity as part of the world’s media”.

In addition, they denied that Holly and Phil “jumped the queue, had VIP access, or filed past the Queen lying in state”.

Since the statement, The Chase star has tweeted again in their defence while admitting she was “wrong” about what they were doing there. 

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Anne wrote: “Yes, I was wrong about them doing a piece to camera from Westminster Hall. But I was right that they were there to work.

“They were being escorted from one part of the hall to another by people whose job it is to escort those with media accreditation.

“I have a Proficiency Certificate from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. If I don’t object to their having media accreditation, who are you to?”

Once again, Anne’s comment divided users with some continuing to criticise Holly and Phil. 

Kerry wrote: “So they didn’t go to pay their respects, they were paid to walk through the hall?”

Hellen added: “They are TV presenters, not journalists. Where were the cameras to present to? They wouldn’t have spoken of seeing the coffin on the show tomorrow, there’s too much else to speak of. Stop setting yourself on fire to keep trash warm, Anne. You’re better than this!”

And Clark echoed: “Has it occurred to you that incessantly telling us we have no right to question or criticise Phil and Holly makes us feel even more strongly that celebrities consider themselves untouchable and above the opinions of the inferior public?”

However, several others jumped to their defence. Including Reo, who said: “[Anne] is simply pointing out that people getting upset with them for queue jumping are wrong because they’re not. It’s like getting angry at your partner for cheating when they haven’t. At least criticise them for doing something they have actually done.” 

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User, Delboy, added: “Are people still going on about Phil and Holly? I can’t believe that people are actually raging over who queue jumps and who doesn’t.”

And Ian wrote: “It makes no odds. They were there for the right reasons and that was to pay their respect.”

The project that Holly and Phil were filming at Westminster Hall is understood to be airing during Tuesday’s instalment of This Morning. 

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