HOLLY Willoughby fans have been left shocked by a throwback clip of Stephen Mulhern kissing her FIVE times on the lips as they hosted children’s TV together.
The pair presented Holly & Stephen’s Saturday Showdown – previously called Ministry of Mayhem – between January 2004 and July 2006.
In the unearthed footage, which was uploaded to TikTok, Holly – now 39 – is dressed in a sexy Santa Claus outfit for one of the programme’s festive specials.
The strapless red dress has a white fur trim and black buckle belt around the waist, with Holly’s blonde hair styled into choppy layers.
Stephen, now 43, is dressed in a red Christmas jumper and gives Holly a gift, explaining: “Here’s the deal, if you open it you must wear it for the whole show.”
She agrees, and is giddy with excitement as she rips open the present to find a green Christmas hat with mistletoe attached to it.
Holly squeals: “Hurray for me! I can kiss all of the boys in the world all of the time.”
To the tune of Deck The Halls she then sings: “It is the season to kiss Holly fa la la la la”, but when her fellow presenter kisses her on the lips she exclaims: “No! Stephen, you don’t count!”
He argues: “What do you mean I don’t count? Whoever you are under the mistletoe with you must kiss,” kissing her again before he shouts: “Happy Christmas!”
Holly pouts as she turns her back to him, joking: “Don’t wear my lips out, I am going to be kissing Anthony from Blue soon.”
But Stephen kisses her again, and then two more times later in the show – with Holly finally ripping the hat off and telling him: “Right, that does it!
“I am taking this off – and you are definitely on the naughty list.”
Fans were stunned by the video, with one commenting: “Wow, how young do they look here?!”
Another added: “God, he would never be allowed to do that now!”Holly’s ITV career has gone from strength to strength since Ministry of Mayhem[/caption] She and Stephen have remained close friends[/caption]
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A third agreed: “This was a different day and age.”
One more wrote: “Hahaha holy s**t, this wouldn’t be allowed now for so many reasons.”
Over fourteen years since their Saturday morning show ended, Holly and Stephen are still good friends – and remain ITV favourites, with Holly hosting This Morning alongside Phillip Schofield since 2009.
Meanwhile, Stephen presents various game shows and spin-off programmes for the channel.