A BODY language expert has revealed the secret signs that show Phillip Schofield is “angry at himself”.
The 61-year-old star showed “signals of distress and fear” during a bombastic interview with The Sun, sucking furiously on a vape to “console herself,” claims Judi James.
Schofield left This Morning in a sensational way last week after admitting he was in a relationship with a much younger male employee.
Schofield, who was married at the time, called the relationship “unwise but not illegal.”
His confession catapulted the show into chaos – and left his 40-year career in tatters.
To set the record straight, he sat down with The Sun and revealed he had apologized to Holly Willoughby for lying to her about his secret relationship – and explained how the affair began.
Body language expert Judi James has now revealed what her behavior during the interview reveals about his state of mind.
Speaking to The Sun, she said: “His slumped shoulders, trembling hands and way of looking up at the interviewer make him seem submissive, exhausted and sometimes pleading.”
“He frequently shakes his head to indicate disbelief and rejection, and he sucks on his vape before massaging it between his hands as if it’s his way of calming himself down.
“It also shows what looks like anger at yourself. At one point, he switches from an indulgent, apologetic pose to a pose resembling an authority figure confronting himself on camera.”
In the interview, Schofield claims he worked with the colleague for a short time and they became friends.
Throughout the interview he was seen using a Lost Mary vaporizer.
“NEED AND FEAR”
Ms. James continued, “Schofield describes them as ‘friends,’ putting a heavy, acid accent on that one word and shaking his head to emphasize the emphatic tone.”
“His eyes to the camera then go round and pleading.
“His signs of distress and anxiety intensify as he sucks on his vape with shaking hands.”
Ms James says Schofield’s gestures and facial expressions show he is angry at himself.
She explained, “When he says, ‘I absolutely know I did something bad,’ he makes a chopping gesture with his hand and shakes his head, this time more out of anger than sadness.
“His lower jaw juts out and while he’s repeating ‘I know,’ he does a tongue thrust that’s often a signal of rejection and disgust.
“He bobs his head while saying there’s no excuse and narrows one eye while making eye contact.”
Schofield claims his colleague was 20 years old when he first had sexual contact with him.
And although the former TV star said he was ashamed, he insists he failed to groom the runner.
It emerged yesterday that ITV boss Carolyn McCall has been called to meet MPs amid the ongoing excitement surrounding This Morning.
She was asked to testify before a parliamentary committee to answer questions about the channel’s approach to protection and complaints handling following Phillip’s resignation.
The Chief Executive will take questions from MPs in the This Morning discussion series at the Culture, Media and Sport Committee on 14 June.