Julian Clary stuns Holly Willoughby with cheeky panto gag live on This Morning

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‘It’s not Christmas without Dick:’ Julian Clary stuns Holly Willoughby with cheeky panto gag live on This Morning as she reveals daughter Belle, 9, is his biggest fan

He’s a much loved comic who has a penchant for pantomime.

And Julian Clary, 61, stunned Holly Willoughby, 39, live on This Morning on Thursday when he made a very cheeky reference from the comfort of his north London home.

Coming on the show to talk about his new children’s book, The Bolds Go Wild, he discussed how theatre is being affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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'It's not Christmas without Dick:' Julian Clary stunned Holly Willoughby on This Morning on Thursday with a cheeky panto gag

‘It’s not Christmas without Dick:’ Julian Clary stunned Holly Willoughby on This Morning on Thursday with a cheeky panto gag

Noting that panto season could be in jeopardy due to social distancing measures, he said: ‘We are waiting patiently for the government to see what they are going to do.

‘It’s not Christmas without Dick, is it Holly?’ in a reference to Dick Whittington.

Holly was left in fits of giggles and said: ‘It really isn’t. Quite right Julian.’

Oh, Julian: Holly was left in fits of giggles after Julian's hilarious quip

Oh, Julian: Holly was left in fits of giggles after Julian’s hilarious quip

Presenter Holly revealed her daughter Belle, nine, had given Holly some of the questions she posed to Julian.

She’s a huge fan of his new book – his fifth – and has already read it six times.

Holly said to Julian: ‘I said to Belle this morning that you were on. I said: “I’m going to be speaking to the author of the book. Do you have any questions you want to ask?”

Sweet: The presenter also revealed her daughter Belle, who she doesn't picture, is a huge fan of Julian's book and has read it six times

Sweet: The presenter also revealed her daughter Belle, who she doesn’t picture, is a huge fan of Julian’s book and has read it six times

‘And she said: “Oh my goodness, tell him I’ve read it six times and I absolutely love it!”

‘She said, “Why did you choose hyenas as characters? She’s interviewing you now.’

Julian replied: ‘Because hyenas laugh all the time! I wanted the family to be funny and they’re kind of based on my family,

‘Not that we were hairy or anything like that but we did spend our lives being silly as I recall when I grew up.’

Question: Holly said that Belle wanted to know why he had chosen to use hyenas as characters in his book

Question: Holly said that Belle wanted to know why he had chosen to use hyenas as characters in his book

Julian replied: 'Because hyenas laugh all the time! I wanted the family to be funny and they're kind of based on my family. Not that we were hairy or anything like that but we did spend our lives being silly as I recall when I grew up'

Julian replied: ‘Because hyenas laugh all the time! I wanted the family to be funny and they’re kind of based on my family. Not that we were hairy or anything like that but we did spend our lives being silly as I recall when I grew up’

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