Eamonn Holmes has shared a startling statement about Phillip Schofield’s decision to quit This morning.
However, Holmes, who previously referred to the pair as “actors,” has questioned Schofield’s phrasing. In the statement, he said: “ITV has decided that the current situation cannot continue and I want to do what I can to protect the show I love.”
Holmes believes the presenter has been “fired”.
Speaking on his GB News breakfast show, Holmes said: “Oh please, just stop it. He was dismissed. All that “I’ve decided to resign” nonsense. I’m sure you did – ‘Here’s your P45, now stand back’.”
Schofield’s statement read: “Throughout my career in television – including the very difficult last few days – I have always done my best to be honorable and kind. That’s why I agreed to resign This morning effective immediately, in the hope that the show can look forward to a bright future.”
ITV told The Independent that Holmes’ claim was “not true”. The Independent has reached out to Schofield for comment.
the previous This morning The host then slammed Willoughby for claiming she was “sad” that Schofield was leaving the show.
He said: “Well, she didn’t want him there, so what’s she moaning about? Holly is just as wrong as he is and nobody talks about the elephant in the room.”
Mimicking the TV star, he said, “Oh, the couch won’t be the same if he weren’t there.”
Holmes then said: “They deserve each other. She says, “I thank him for all his knowledge, experience and humor.” All the things that she didn’t have when she came to the show. Well it’s true. I would call that a stab in the back. I could give you a list of the unkindness and lack of awareness of both.”
The Independent has reached out to Willoughby representatives for comment. In her statement on Schofield’s departure, the presenter said: “It’s been over 13 amazing years as a presenter This morning with Phil and I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all his knowledge, experience and humor. The sofa won’t feel the same without him.”
Schofield left This morning effective immediately after more than 20 years, meaning his departure was summed up at the end of Thursday’s (May 18) episode.
Willoughby is taking a break from the show and Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary, who normally host Friday’s episode, will step in as main presenters temporarily.
When Willoughby returns, a member of “the” will accompany her This morning Family” pending a decision on Schofield’s full-time appointment.