Phillip Schofield quits ITV after admitting affair with This Morning colleague

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Phillip Schofield has sensationally discontinue ITV and admitted to an matter with a younger antheral workfellow astatine This Morning portion helium was inactive married.

The 61-year-old – who stepped down from presenting the daytime TV programme past Saturday – said the “consensual on-off relationship” was “unwise, but not illegal”.

Schofield said helium was “very sorry” for the affair, which happened portion helium was joined to his woman of 30 years, Stephanie Lowe.

The TV presenter admitted helium lied astir the narration to ITV, his colleagues, friends and his agents YMU, who person since parted ways with Schofield.

He told the Daily Mail: “In an effort to support my ex-colleague I haven’t been truthful astir the relationship.

“But my recent, unrelated, departure from This Morning fuelled speculation and raised questions which person been impacting him, truthful for his involvement it is important for maine to beryllium honorable now.

“I americium painfully conscious that I person lied to my employers astatine ITV, to my colleagues and friends, to my agents, to the media and truthful the nationalist and astir importantly of each to my family. I americium truthful very, precise sorry, arsenic I americium for having been unfaithful to my wife.

“I person truthful decided to measurement down from the British Soap Awards, my past nationalist commitment, and americium resigning from ITV with contiguous effect expressing my immense gratitude to them for each the astonishing opportunities that they person fixed me.”

Schofield’s departure from This Morning came amid reports of a rift with Holly Willoughby, who helium had been presenting the programme with since 2009.

Willoughby and Schofield attracted disapproval successful September past twelvemonth erstwhile they were alleged to person skipped up of the nationalist queue for the Queen’s lying successful state. The brace denied the accusation and said their sojourn was ‘strictly for reporting’ and complied with accredited media entree rules.

This twelvemonth they person some taken breaks from This Morning for antithetic reasons. Schofield took pre-planned permission from the amusement astir the clip of his brother’s enactment maltreatment proceedings astatine Exeter Crown Court past month.

Timothy Schofield, 54, was convicted of 11 intersexual offences involving a kid betwixt October 2016 and October 2019, including 2 of intersexual enactment with a child.

In a connection aft the blameworthy verdict, Philip Schofield said his brother’s crimes were “despicable” and welcomed the blameworthy verdicts.

In April, Willoughby besides took clip disconnected from the ITV greeting programme owed to having the achy rash shingles, which is caused by the aforesaid microorganism arsenic chickenpox.

ITV has said Willoughby volition “co-present with members of the This Morning family” erstwhile she returns connected Monday 5 June.

Since his departure from This Morning, Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary filled successful connected Monday’s show.

Opening the broadcast, Hammond said: “We can’t commencement today’s amusement without paying tribute to the antheral who spent the past 2 decades sitting connected the This Morning sofa. Phillip Schofield.”

O’Leary added: “So arsenic a show, everyone connected and disconnected surface astatine ITV and This Morning connected accidental a immense convey you to Phil for what he’s done to marque the amusement specified a occurrence implicit the past 21 years.”

The duo co-presented the programme connected Monday and Tuesday, portion Craig Doyle took the helm with Hammond connected Wednesday.

Mary Bekhait, the Group CEO of YMU, said: “Honesty and integrity are halfway values for YMU’s full business, defining everything we do. Talent absorption is simply a narration based wholly connected trust.

“This week, we person learned important caller accusation astir our lawsuit Phillip Schofield. These facts contradicted what Phillip had antecedently told YMU, arsenic good arsenic the outer advisers we had brought successful to enactment him.

“As a result, connected Thursday we agreed to portion institution with Phillip, with contiguous effect.”

In a connection from his lawyers, Schofield said: “It is with the astir profound regret that aft 35 years of being faultlessly managed by YMU I person agreed to measurement down from their practice with contiguous effect.”

NEWSchofield, 61, started his vocation arsenic a bookings clerk astatine the BBC but aboriginal moved to New Zealand wherever helium took TV and vigor work.

He returned to the UK to beforehand Gordon the Gopher successful 1985 and besides had a stint connected the greeting amusement Going Live successful 1987.

Schofield was fixed the occupation astatine This Morning successful 2002 apprehension of past presenter John Leslie, aboriginal released without charge. He co-presented the amusement with Fern Britton, who aboriginal quit, and was replaced by Willoughby.

In February 2020 Schofield announced her was cheery and praised his “remarkable” and “amazing” woman Stephanie for her support. He shares 2 grown-up children with his wife, Molly and Ruby.END

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