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HIGNFY rip into ‘scandal’ of Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield ‘queue jump’

Richard Ayoade had a lot to say about queue-gate (Picture: ITV/Hat Trick Productions/BBC)

Richard Ayoade had a lot to say about queue-gate (Picture: ITV/Hat Trick Productions/BBC)

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield have been the subject of much discussion over the past week amid accusations they ‘jumped the queue’ at the Queen’s Lying-In-State, and it didn’t go unmentioned by the cast of Have I Got News For You. 

The presenters had been able to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II as she lay in state in the Palace of Westminster ahead of the funeral, without having to wait in the enormous queues as they were there filming for a piece on the Queen’s death.

However, the fact they were able to visit the Queen’s coffin without queueing for hours – while others like David Beckham waited 14 hours with the general public – angered some nonetheless, with over 68,000 people signing a petition for them to be removed from This Morning as a result. 

The case of Have I Got News For You addressed the scandal on Friday’s show, with host Richard Ayoade saying: ‘This is the national scandal over the queue for the Lying-in-State. It’s the biggest thing that’s happened.

‘ITV’s Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield apparently just appeared in Westminster Hall on Sunday…’

Roisin Conaty joked: ‘Just appeared? Like a haunting?’, before Richard added: ‘Exactly, without having spent the previous 36 hours queuing.’ 

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Tens of thousands of people signed a petition after Holly and Phillip were able to visit the Queen’s coffin without quueing (Picture: ITV News)

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: At 5.17am on the day of her funeral the final members of the public pay their respects at the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, Lying in State inside Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Members of the public are able to pay respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for 23 hours a day from 17:00 on September 18, 2022 until 06:30 on September 19, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Yui Mok - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Mourners had queued for many hours to pay their respects to the Queen (Picture: Yui Mok – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

When asked what the average queuing time was, Ian Hislop joked: ‘It started at about 14 hours, then 15, and in the end it was… six years.’

He added: ’People liked the experience of queuing, they liked being there and then when they thought someone had jumped the queue they got very cross.’

This Morning bosses had spoken out after the queue jumping allegations began, saying in a statement: ‘Hello everyone, we would like to clarify something. We asked Phillip and Holly to be part of a film for this Tuesday’s programme.

‘‘They did not jump the queue, have VIP access or file past the Queen lying in state – but instead were there in a professional capacity as part of the world’s media to report on the event’.

Have I Got News For You airs Fridays from 9pm on BBC One. 

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