Phillip Schofield claims he “understands how Caroline Flack felt” after leaving This Morning
Phillip Schofield has received words of support from numerous celebrities after he suggested he had suicidal thoughts over the fallout of his “unwise” but “not illegal” affair with a younger colleague This morning.
The 61-year-old gave an emotional interview to the BBC on Friday June 2, in which he described the impact of the “constant” and “relentless” onslaught of the media since admitting he was having an affair on the ITV show to have the colleague.
In the interview, Schofield denied allegations that he “groomed” his younger colleague, whom he met while visiting school when the boy in question was 15. Schofield denied there were any sexual encounters until the ITV worker was around 20 years old. The five biggest revelations from the interview can be found here.
Stars like Piers Morgan, Jeremy Clarkson and Rupert Everett have all questioned the intensity of the backlash against Schofield.
This is in stark contrast to the protesters who turned up at the British Soap Awards on Saturday 3 June, despite Schofield being replaced as host.
“Confused” hits Jeremy Clarkson on Phillip Schofield’s “Witch Hunt”.
Columnist and TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson said he found the criticism leveled at Phillip Schofield for his secret affair with a younger male colleague “strange” and had “never seen a witch hunt like this”.
Clarkson said he doesn’t know Schofield and has “no involvement in the fight,” but wrote of the outrage that followed Schofield’s saga.
“He claims that his mistress was over the legal age when their relationship became physical, but that hasn’t silenced the outcry of disgust,” Clarkson wrote in his letter Sunday Times Split.
“And I find that strange. We casually roll our eyes when we learn that Leonardo DiCaprio’s new girlfriend is three years old, and even nod in approval when we learn that the age difference between Al Pacino and his pregnant girlfriend is 54 years.”
Clarkson said he had never seen a “witch hunt” like the one this one pursued This morning Host.
Peony HirwaniJune 5, 2023 05:00
Phillip Schofield ‘won’t see Holly Willoughby’s return to This Morning’
Phillip Schofield will not be watching This morning on Monday hosted by his former co-host Holly Willoughby because it would be too devastating for him, his friends reportedly said.
Willoughby is expected to tell viewers of her grief at the end of her 13-year film partnership with Schofield and the need to move on with the long-running program.
Peony HirwaniJune 5, 2023 4:25 am
From shaking hands to steaming, behind the scenes of Schofield’s emotional interview
BBC journalist Amol Rajan has revealed details of his interview with the former ITV presenter.
Ellie HarrisonJune 4, 2023 5:00 p.m
Piers Morgan speaks out
The former ITV presenter wrote on Twitter: “Unless Phillip Schofield’s ex-lover disagrees with his version of events.” The sun [and the] BBC, then it is time to stop this relentless pursuit of a man who has lost everything and is on the brink for me.”
He continued: “He does not appear to have committed any crime and has not [government] Minister.”
Ellie HarrisonJune 4, 2023 4:07 p.m
Christine Flack’s advice to Schofield
The mother of the deceased love island Presenter Caroline Flack, who took her own life three years ago, offered Schofield a heartfelt plea: “Wait and see what happens and don’t do anything stupid.”
Ellie HarrisonJune 4, 2023 3:17 p.m
The inside story of Phillip Schofield’s shocking demise
“The British entertainment industry had not seen such a dramatic rise and fall since the fall of Michael Barrymore, whose career was shattered when a man was found dead in the swimming pool at Barrymore’s £2million mansion after a party in 2001. Circumstances are very different, but Schofield’s downtrend has been no less disastrous.”
Read the full post here…
Ellie HarrisonJune 4, 2023 2:28 p.m
Who will join Holly Willoughby on the This Morning sofa on Monday?
Josie Gibson, who won the series in 2010 Big Brother, will be seated next to Willoughby. She joined the ITV show in 2019 and has been a co-host on several occasions as an assistant presenter.
Ellie HarrisonJune 4, 2023 1:39 p.m
Video: This Morning editor says: ‘Bills are being paid’
When asked if there was a “toxic culture”. This morningMartin Frizell said: “Read between the lines, I think some scores are being settled.”
This Morning editor on Philip Schofield scandal: ‘Bills are being paid’
The This Morning editor said “the scores are yet to be settled” as he addressed claims the ITV show has a “toxic culture”. Martin Frizell, who reportedly joined the show in July 2016, was asked by a journalist if he should have been more curious about Mr Schofield’s relationship with the much younger man. “There are many questions to be answered, but there is a KC who has been appointed for an external review and anything we say now could be prejudicial,” Mr Frizell said. Asked if there was a “toxic culture” at This Morning, he said: “Read between the lines, I think there are some scores being settled.” Mr Frizell said he had no interest in working with Jane Mulcahy KC to speak to the solicitor hired by ITV to conduct the external review. He added, “When it’s all over there will be plenty of time to think about who did what, when and why.” need to be answered, she will find those answers.”
Ellie HarrisonJune 4, 2023 12:23 p.m
Protesters stormed at the British Soap Awards
Although Schofield was replaced as host of the ceremony, a handful of protesters with banners attended the Salford event. Read the full story below.
Ellie HarrisonJune 4, 2023 11:18 am
A handful of protesters went to the Soap Awards last night
The British Soap Awards were held at the Lowry Theater in Salford last night and Schofield was originally scheduled to host the ceremony. Jane McDonald jumped in at the last minute to replace him, but protesters with signs still appeared outside the venue.
Ellie HarrisonJune 4, 2023 10:31 am