British TV presenter quits show after kidnap/murder threat

By Alexandra Heilbron on October 11, 2023 | 7 Comments

Holly WilloughbyWith the inexplicable and unsolved murder of British TV host Jill Dando fresh in our minds due to the recent release of the Netflix original documentary Who Killed Jill Dando?, another British TV personality — Holly Willoughby, a host of the ITV daytime show The Morning — has been threatened.

Gavin Plumb, 36, was arrested on October 4, 2023 and charged with soliciting to commit murder and incitement to commit kidnap of Holly Willoughby, a host on the ITV show The Morning. He was allegedly assembling “a kidnap and restraint kit” and had encouraged a third party to travel to the UK from the United States to carry out the plan, according to the BBC. Plumb appeared in court on Friday and remains in custody.

Willoughby did not appear on The Morning on Thursday, after bosses at the ITV show were alerted to the threat just before the show began. ITV provided round-the-clock security for Willoughby as she took some time to stay out of the public eye.

On Friday, The Morning co-host Dermot O’Leary addressed the situation during the show, saying, “We are not going to talk too much about it, but Holly is on the front pages after police arrested a 36-year-old man over an alleged kidnap plot.”

Co-host Alison Hammond added: “We are obviously all shocked to hear the news and we want to send our love and biggest hugs to Holly and her family.”

Jill Dando was fatally shot just as she arrived at her London home on April 6, 1999 in broad daylight. She’d received a menacing letter containing a threat just weeks before her murder, according to her agent at the time.

Willoughby announced yesterday (Tuesday, October 10, 2023) that she’s leaving the show. She wrote on Instagram: “I’ve 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.” ~Alexandra Heilbron

Comments & Discussion

  1. CDubya • October 12, 2023 @ 11:28 AM

    Sick people out there. It’s sad that these deranged, mentally unstable people affect the livelihood of someone just doing their job which happens to be in the public eye.

  2. Dani • October 13, 2023 @ 10:32 AM

    I watched Who Killed Jill Dando, which really makes you think about the price of fame. Holly made a wise choice to get out of the spotlight. She could try coming back at a later time, if that guy gets locked up for a long time.

  3. terry • October 14, 2023 @ 9:48 PM

    that what we live in any foul can carry guns

  4. Debbie • October 16, 2023 @ 1:17 PM

    Sad, but true! I have always had an inner desire to have an interesting job in acting, singing, etc. I grew up doing these things as hobbies, or I was in groups that did. But, I get noticed without trying, and I think about what would happen if I was in those fields. Of course, anything can happen with or without it, but it makes one think, as you would be seen by more people. I would not want to hide if I was in the public eye, but I would not want to go through the pain of it which seems to go hand in hand. Sad, as I said earlier. I hope Holly stays safe. I guess you have to weigh the good and the bad, and how famous you get.

  5. Luda • October 17, 2023 @ 6:39 PM

    Foul with guns are dagerous speciallee geese and water foul. Chikens arent so bad cause theyre chickens. But fouls should not cary guns.

  6. AL • October 20, 2023 @ 6:17 PM

    Guns don’t Kill People….but PEOPLE WITH GUNS SURE DO!! And there’re Just TOO DAMN MANY of them. Any teen or malcontent can get one in a second. But OH MY- We CAN’T just have some Sane Gun Control LAWS now CAN we??? No BACKBONE in US Gov’t. Firearms CAN BE made to be Safer!!

  7. Bibi • October 23, 2023 @ 1:59 AM

    Take a hike, AL.

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