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Pregnant Holly Willoughby Cries During Final 'This Morning' Appearance Before Maternity Leave, Hands Over To Amanda Holden

18/09/2014 13:27 BST | Updated 18/09/2014 15:59 BST

Holly Willoughby said a temporary goodbye to ‘This Morning’ on Thursday, co-presenting her final show with Phillip Schofield before heading off on maternity leave.

The TV presenter, who is currently expecting her third child with husband Dan Baldwin, was moved to tears after being presented with a special 'Good Luck Holly' cake and a bouquet of flowers in honour of her last show, by her replacement, Amanda Holden.

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Holly Willoughby cries in her last 'This Morning' appearance before heading on maternity leave

After finishing filming for the day, Holly took to her Twitter to thank fans for their support, writing:

It was announced earlier this year after much speculation that Amanda and Christine Bleakley will both be filling in for Holly while she goes on maternity leave, after it was previously rumoured that ‘Big Brother’ host Emma Willis was up for the job.

The ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge recently made an appearance as a guest on ‘This Morning’ earlier this month, joking on Twitter that she was waiting in the wings with “towels and hot water” in case Holly’s baby suddenly made a surprise appearance.

Holly had previously said that she would be working as long as she possibly could before going on maternity leave, telling ‘This Morning’ viewers back in July: “There's a huge possibility that I could go into labour in September on screen - that's always a possibility.”

Meanwhile, she is currently back on the panel of ‘Celebrity Juice’, alongside her long-time BFF Fearne Cottton, though it won’t be for long as it was confirmed this week that celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo would be covering for Holly later in the series.

Holly announced her third pregnancy in a blog-post entitled ‘Surprise, Surprise’ back in March. She and her husband, who she married in 2007, already have a son and a daughter.

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