Holly Willoughby has revealed that she took two days off hosting This Morning during the week because two of her children were displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
The TV personality, 39, was replaced as Phillip Schofield's co-host by Davina McCall and Alison Hammond as she awaited test results - which turned out to be negative.
Taking to her Instagram Stories to explain her absence, the star thanked fans for their concern, as she assured that she would be back to hosting on Monday.
Breaking silence: Holly Willoughby has revealed that she took two days off hosting This Morning during the week because two of her children were displaying COVID-19 symptoms
She wrote: '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 could return to work, couple that with just wanting to look after two poorly children, it meant having two days away from @thismorning.'
She also went on to explain why she'd remained silent on the matter, as fans expressed their concern in droves over her unannounced absence.
She said: '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 xx.'
The star sparked concern among This Morning fans as she missed the show for a second day in a row on Thursday.
Schofield , 58, made a brief reference to the presenter's absence as he revealed: 'Holly's having a day off, she's back on Monday.'
Fan favourite Holly, 39, was replaced by broadcaster Davina McCall, 53, on Thursday after Alison Hammond 45, filled in on Wednesday's edition.
Fans took to Twitter to express their confusion over the last-minute switch as they said: 'Where the hell is Holly!!! There’s something going on here #ThisMorning.
What's going on? Holly Willoughby sparked concern among This Morning fans as she missed the programme for a second day in a row on Thursday (last pictured on the series on Tuesday)
'#ThisMorning still no Holly then? Curiouser and curiouser...What's the craic with holly then....has phil had her banished? #ThisMorning.
'Definitely something weird going on with Holly #ThisMorning...Holly still on her extended day off I see #ThisMorning.
'Somethings going on with #ThisMorning weird about Holly having 'days off' when she was due to be on air and there's suddenly a lack of celebrities and call ins with agony aunts, weird.
'Why are they being cagey about why Holly isn't there? They are usually very open and transparent !!! #thismorning.
'Holly's having a day off, she's back on on Monday': Phillip Schofield, 58, made a brief reference to the 39-year-old presenter's absence as he joined stand-in host Davina McCall, 53
Last-minute: Series reporter Alison Hammond , 45, filled in the fan favourite's shoes on Wednesday's edition (pictured)
Over to you: The broadcasters appeared in great spirits as they introduced