Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield team up with Michael McIntyre for phone prank

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This Morning hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield got into the spirit of things as they sat down for a chat with Michael McIntyre this week. The comedian is back with a new series of Michael McIntyre's Big Show, during which he sends out prank texts to all the contacts in his celebrity guests' phones, and waits to see what replies come in.

Holly and Phillip got in on the act in honour of the star, and earlier that morning had sent out a joint message which read: "This is a bit crazy, Phil/Holly and I have just bought a race horse! We want to call it something that reflects us both. What should we call it?!?!?!"

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Michael McIntyre stopped by the This Morning studio on Thursday

"Andi Peters was first back," Phillip revealed. "(His suggestion was) Beautiful Fox. Beautiful equals Holly, silver (fox) equals you."

His co-host then admitted that the first person to reply to her text was her accountant, who was distinctly unimpressed, writing: "Oh my goodness Holly! What are thinking investing in a race horse? You should be investing in property, call me asap!"

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Holly's best friend Fearne Cotton had fallen for the prank too, suggesting the name 'Tequila' because of the duo's fondness for the drink, while former Spice Girl Geri Horner offered up "Hot Lips – curvy and fast."

Phillip also revealed that he had sent the message to his mother, and said he didn't hear anything back until his wife Stephanie got in touch with him to ask: "Why the hell didn't you tell me you are buying a racehorse?"

There was one celebrity friend who did see through the charade, however. Ant McPartlin responded to Holly, simply asking: "Are you with McIntyre?"

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