Holly Willoughby bemused as Phillip Schofield says she once ‘threw him under a horse’

Holly Willoughby was left bemused on Wednesday's episode of This Morning as Phillip Schofield said she once "threw him under a horse".

During the latest episode, Russell The Crow returned to the ITV studio for the first time in six years leaving Holly, 41, terrified following her last encounter with the pet bird in 2017, where it followed her around.

And during the latest episode, Russell The Crow returned with his owner, Helen Motteram, after the bird recently had his eye removed.

During the interview, Phillip, 60, asked if he could feed Russell some food as Holly, 41, asked if her co-host could move down the sofa.

Moving to the other side of the sofa, Phillip said: "I'm doing this to protect you. I've put myself in between you and the bird, bearing in mind that there was a time she [Holly] threw me under a horse once!"

To which a bemused Holly looked at the camera, replying: "He says this every time!"

This isn't the first time Phillip has recalled the tale as in December, during a festive episode of This Morning, the presenters looked back at some of their best guest appearances where he shared the story again.

Looking at the time Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond welcomed Shania Twain onto the show, the legendary singer spoke about the time she opened her Las Vegas residency riding a beautiful horse that bowed to the audience.

After watching back footage, Holly said: "You know how much I'm scared of horses – but that horse can courtesy!"

To which Phillip pointed out: "Of course I do, you threw me under one!" to which Holly replied: "Not quite" as he insisted: "Not far off".

Explaining the story, Holly said: "Well, it was when we were in Ascot and this horse reared up.

"It was instinctive when this horse pulled up, I just ducked behind you – I didn't throw you."

To which Phillip insisted: "You grabbed me and pushed me towards the horse!"

With Holly adding: "I didn't push you, I hid behind you!" while Phillip exclaimed: "You pushed me under the hooves of a horse!"

The segment ended with Holly saying: "Well, I'm sorry" as Phillip laughed.


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