ITV's Lorraine Kelly claims Phillip Schofield will be all right after hard year
11.02.2024 - 20:01
Lorraine Kelly has said fellow morning TV star Phillip Schofield has had a hard time after disclosing his affair with a younger male colleague. Lorraine - best known for hosting the daytime show bearing her own first name - worked closely alongside Phillip and Holly Willoughby on ITV and claimed she was "heartbroken" when the news of the scandal broke.
In May last year, Schofield resigned from ITV and was dropped by his talent agency after admitting to the “unwise, but not illegal” relationship. Kelly told The Sunday Times Magazine: “I was heartbroken when all that happened. It’s just a shame for the amazing career that he’s had, for it to end like that.”
The 64-year-old called him “generous”, unlike some other male TV presenters, and said she thinks “everybody lost their minds a wee bit” during the media furore. “He’s doing all right and he will be all right, but it’s hard,” she said.
She added that she finds the “whole culture of pile-ons very sad and quite depressing”, and that there are people in the entertainment industry who are “gleeful at seeing somebody’s downfall”.
Kelly also said she believes “there is a front page tabloid story” about everyone, including her. Schofield told the Sun in June that he was afraid to leave the house and the fallout had had a “catastrophic effect” on his mind.
He also told the BBC’s Amol Rajan that his daughters had “guarded me and won’t let me out of their sight” amid fears for his mental health.
An external review by ITV published a report last year saying Schofield had “reluctantly declined” to take part because of “the risk to his health”.
It found that the broadcaster made “considerable efforts” to discover the truth about an alleged relationship between Schofield and a runner on This
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