Holly tense in last This Morning show as body language guru spots gestures

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    Holly Willoughby appeared "tense" during her final ever This Morning presenting gig, according to a body language expert.

    The 42-year-old presenter has quit the ITV daytime show after 14 years and confirmed that she will not be returning to the famous blue sofa in an emotional message to fans.

    She has decided to leave her job "for me and my family" after missing recent episodes of the programme after a man was charged with soliciting to commit murder over an alleged plot to kidnap the TV presenter.

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    Holly's final show has already aired and it was on Wednesday (October 5) where she hosted the award-winning show alongside Jose Gibson. The pair have occasionally worked alongside each other recently after Holly's former co-host Phillip Schofield stepped down from hosting This Morning back in May this year.

    Celebrity body language expert Inbaal Honigman told Daily Star: "Holly's final ever introduction of the This Morning items at the start of the show was a pared down affair. Her voice is lower and a little quieter than usual, which is our first clue to her having a lot on her mind.

    "As her head is very lightly lowered, it pushes down on her voicebox and she doesn't sound as chirpy as usual. She picks at her nails and fiddles with her fingers for most of the intro segment, which shows that she is nervous.

    "Her fiddly body language and restless hands represent the stress that she is feeling. Fiddling is a form of self-soothing, so it's her way of trying to feel a bit better when she's tense.."

    Inbaal continued: "Other body language movements which Holly demonstrates during the top of the show, like her feet being restless, and her hand on her hip, might appear playful. Those little fidgets might just let us know that she's pumped up with adrenaline. The scary decision to quit her decade-and-a-half-long job could be filling her with excitement, as well."

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    Confirming the news of her This Morning exit, Holly wrote on Instagram: "I have let ITV know today that after 14 years, I will not be returning to This Morning. To everyone who has ever worked on the show over the years, thank you so, so much.

    "This is such a difficult goodbye, you are incredible and I forever will be proud of what we've done together. Thank you to everyone at ITV for being supportive. To every guest who has sat on our sofa, thank you.

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    "Most of all, thank you to the wonderful viewers. You've been so loyal, so supportive and the very best company every day. Richard and Judy said, 'We only look after this show, it will always belong to the viewers'. It's been an honour to just be part of it's story and I know this story has many chapters left to go."

    She concluded the post, adding: "Sadly, however, I now feel I have to make this decision for me and my family. I will miss you all so much, Holly."

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