Holly Willoughby has paid a short but sweet tribute to her 'best friend' Phillip Schofield after returning to This Morning.

The presenting duo have a few weeks left on screen before they head off for the summer holidays and Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes takeover.

And the pair have posed up for a new This Morning snap.

Holly, 40, and Phillip 59, gave each other a knowing look with a wry grin as they stood a distance a part at the ITV studios.

"Dear best friend…" Holly shared with her 7m Instagram followers alongside the new image.

"I love working with you…@thismorning #thismorning," the mum-of-three added.

"Dream team," Rochelle Humes commented while Davina McCall said: " I love you two together sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much …"

This Morning chef Clodagh McKenna added: "You two are magical, pure magic."

And fans were also gushing of the pair.

"You two have been, and continue to be, absolutely formidable. Thank you for keeping us entertained and informed, especially in the last year and a half… can imagine it’s been exceptionally tough for both of you. Such a pleasure watching each day, please never change," one follower wrote.

Another said: "Hang in there you two because I can't wait until the day when Holly & Phil will be able to sit side by side on the This Morning sofa. It's been far too long seeing the best pair on telly be socially distanced so hopefully we get to see you two both closer together soon."

"Omg stop you guys are so cute," a third added.

A fourth said: "Stop this is so cute you’re friendship is soo genuine," as another echoed: "I want a friendship like you guys have it's so genuine."

Holly and Phil recently spoke about how they have often been on the 'brink of tears' while hosting This Morning during the coronavirus pandemic.

The pals and co-hosts have remained on screen throughout - albeit two-meters apart - to bring the ITV show to viewers.

"When a Spin to Win winner says, ‘Oh my God, you’ve been amazing’. I’ve entered since the start’, that kind of thing," Phillip told the Sunday Mirror.

"You've got to be quite careful because I think we’re all on the edge, you could cry at the drop of a hat.

Holly and Phil have remained on-screen

"It's so hard sometimes and you think, ‘You have to centre yourself’.

"We are all on the brink of tears all the time, so it doesn’t take much to push."

And they say their friendship is stronger than ever.

The pair recently compared filming the ITV programme during the pandemic to ‘therapy’, as they were able to share deep chats behind the scenes.

Holly and Phil have been presenting This Morning together since 2009.