Holly Willoughby ‘pulled off This Morning moments before show over suspected kidnap plot

Holly Willoughby was reportedly ‘pulled out of presenting This Morning just moments before it went on air’, due to an alleged plot to 'kidnap her.'

Gavin Plumb, 36, has been charged and accused of incitement to commit rape, soliciting to commit murder and incitement to commit kidnap.

He is set to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates Court today, Friday 6 October, after being held by officers on Wednesday.

Last night the TV star was placed under a protective “police guard” after the suspected plot to her came to light.

According to The Sun, police alerted This Morning producers of the alleged ‘kidnapping plot’ early yesterday morning, leading to her being told shortly before she was about to go on air.

Holly was reportedly left “shocked and distraught” with bosses deciding it would be better to pull her out of the show. She has remained at her home in London with her family, where she is being protected by a police guard.

On the night the man was arrested, the presenter had been due to celebrate her husband Daniel Baldwin’s 49th birthday alongside their children Harry, 14, Belle, 12, and eight-year-old Chester.

It comes as fans became concerned for Holly after she was missing from Thursday’s edition of This Morning. She was quickly replaced by fellow presenter Alison Hammond, who stepped in at the last minute to present the daytime TV show alongside Josie Gibson.

The presenting duo opted to avoid addressing Holly’s absence on the show, with Josie presenting the opening line: “Look who’s joined me,” before gesturing to Alison.

With no reason given for the sudden change to the presenting roster, many fans were quick to take to social media to express their concerns for Holly’s well-being.

Speaking at the time, one fan wrote: "Not even a mention of why she’s not on today?"

While a second viewer soon penned: "No Holly today?! Devastated."

Superintendent Tim Tubbs said: "This was an extremely fast paced investigation, with many of our officers and national partners working overnight to secure these charges.

"The safeguarding of any victim is paramount and we will continue to prioritise this as the investigation proceeds."

OK! has contacted Holly's representatives for comment.

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