Read Phillip Schofield’s statement in full
Phillip Schofield has admitted to “lying” about having an affair with a man This morning staff in a new statement.
Less than a week after leaving This Morning, Schofield was dumped by his agents and announced he had officially severed ties with ITV after more than 20 years.
Read the TV star’s full statement below – and consequences The Independent‘s live blog for updates
“I am making this statement about you Daily mail where I have already personally apologized for deceiving my lawyer, whom I also misled, about a story they were going to write about me a few days ago.
“The first thing I want to say is, I’m deeply sorry that I lied to you and many others about the relationship I had with someone I work on This morning. I actually had a consensual on-off relationship with a younger male colleague This morning. Contrary to speculation, I met the man as a teenager and was asked to help get him into television, but it wasn’t until he started working on the show that it became more than just a friendship. This relationship was unwise, but not illegal. It’s over now.
“When I decided to come out, it was entirely out of my own interest. Nobody “forced” me to come out. Neither I nor anyone else, to my knowledge, has ever issued an injunction, priority or otherwise, over my relationship with this colleague, he has never been transferred or fired by or because of me. “In an effort to protect my ex-colleague.” I haven’t been honest about the relationship. But my recent, independent departure from This morning He has fueled speculation and raised questions that have bothered him. That’s why it’s important for me to be honest now.
“I am painfully aware that I have lied to my employers at ITV, my colleagues and friends, my agents, the media and by extension the public and most importantly my family. I am very, very sorry that I was unfaithful to my wife.
“I have therefore decided to step down from the British Soap Awards, my last public engagement, and am stepping down from ITV with immediate effect to express my huge thanks to them for all the great opportunities they have given me.” I’ll be over reflecting on my very poor judgment in participating in the relationship and then lying about it.
“In order to protect his privacy, I am not using the name of this person and my deepest wish is that both he and his family can now go on with their lives uninterrupted, and this statement allows them to do so.” I plead with the media now to respect their privacy. You have done nothing wrong and I ask that your privacy be respected.”