ITV 'deeply disappointed' with Phillip Schofield over affair deceit as statement issued
26.05.2023 - 22:01
A spokesperson for ITV said the broadcaster was “deeply disappointed” by the “admissions of deceit” made by Phillip Schofield after the presenter admitted to an affair with a young This Morning colleague.
The veteran TV presenter, 61, said that the affair began while he was still with his wife Stephanie. He said he was “very, very sorry” for being unfaithful to her.
It comes after he announced he was stepping down from presenting the ITV talk show with “immediate effect” last weekend, while co-presenter Holly Willoughby will remain on the programme.
Schofield, who also co-hosted Dancing On Ice with Willoughby, said he would also step down from presenting the British Soap Awards, his last public commitment.
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The statement from ITV said that the broadcaster feels “badly let down”. “We are deeply disappointed by the admissions of deceit made tonight by Phillip Schofield,” the spokesperson said.
“The relationships we have with those we work with are based on trust. Phillip made assurances to us which he now acknowledges were untrue and we feel badly let down.
“We accept his resignation from ITV and therefore can confirm that he will not be appearing on ITV as had previously been stated.”
In a statement released through the Daily Mail on Friday, the presenter apologised for lying about the relationship.
“The first thing I want to say is: I am deeply sorry for having lied to them (the Daily Mail), and to many others about a relationship that I had with someone working on This Morning,” he said.
“I did have a consensual on-off relationship with a younger male colleague at This Morning.”
He added that “contrary to speculation” the relationship was “not