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Phillip Schofield – latest: ITV issues new statement after This Morning star ‘sacked’ speculation

Broadcaster ITV has issued a response to speculation around the nature of Phillip Schofield’s exit from its popular daytime show This Morning.

The presenter dramatically stepped down from his role as host last week, amid reports of a “feud” with his co-star, Holly Willoughby.

His sudden departure has sparked speculation from both viewers and public figures including former This Morning host Eamonn Holmes, and former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan.

“Phillip Schofield’s decision to step down from This Morning was (as his statement made clear) a decision agreed between Phillip and ITV,” the broadcaster told The Independent this week.

On Monday (22 May), Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary delivered a bizarre and somewhat muted tribute to Schofield as they stepped in as temporary replacements on the ITV show.

Willoughby will remain on the programme and will “co-present with members of the This Morning family”, ITV said in a statement. However, the broadcaster confirmed that she will take a break during the half-term, returning on Monday 5 June.

Key Points

  • Piers Morgan decries daytime TV ‘weasels’ and ‘two-faced wastrels’ over Phillip Schofield exit

  • Nadine Dorries accuses Schofield of ‘poor’ behaviour

  • Piers Morgan shuts down rumours of replacing Schofield

  • Holly Willoughby issues statement after Phillip Schofield quits This Morning

  • This Morning ‘became the story’: Schofield statement in full

ITV hits back at speculation Schofield was ‘sacked'

Wednesday 24 May 2023 10:05 , Roisin O'Connor

ITV issued a response this week to speculation that Phillip Schofield was “sacked” from his role as co-host on its popular daytime show This Morning.

Following claims by former This Morning host Eamonn Holmes, who now fronts a show for GB News, the broadcaster insisted that Schofield’s departure was a mutual agreement between him and ITV.

“Phillip Schofield’s decision to step down from This Morning was (as his statement made clear) a decision agreed between Phillip and ITV,” a spokesperson told The Independent.

The 61-year-old left following intense scrutiny over his relationship with co-host Holly Willoughby, amid rumours the pair had fallen out.

Everything we know about the Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby ‘fall-out’

Watch: Kim Woodburn criticises Holly Willoughby over Phillip Schofield feud

05:00 , Inga Parkel

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04:00 , Inga Parkel

We say to colleagues that we’ll miss them, says the Very British Problems author Rob Temple, but what we really mean is, “thank God they’re gone and I’ve now got their parking space”.

 (Getty)
(Getty)

Opinion: Is there anything more British than Holly and Phil’s frosty fallout?

Why have Holly and Phil fallen out?

Phillip Schofield ‘will end up making railway documentaries’, ITV sources say

03:00 , Inga Parkel

Phillip Schofield’s future at ITV after he hosts the Soap Awards next month is uncertain, inside sources have claimed. So now what?

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(Getty)

Phillip Schofield ‘will end up making railway documentaries,’ ITV sources say

Insiders have said they would be ‘extremely surprised’ if presenter continues to work for broadcaster

Watch: Phillip Schofield's first appearance on This Morning in 1988

02:00 , Inga Parkel

Irish chef Clodagh McKenna on Phillip Schofield exit

01:00 , Inga Parkel

Clodagh McKenna has expressed her views about Phillip Schofield’s exit from The Morning.

“21 years of brightening up our mornings…. And I’ve been so lucky to be part of three of them. I’ll miss the morning hug, the twinkle in your eye that makes me giggle and your empathy,” she wrote on Instagram.

“You will be missed.”

Piers Morgan reacts to Phillip Schofield’s exit in scathing column

Thursday 25 May 2023 00:00 , Inga Parkel

Days after Phillip Schofield’s unceremonious departure from ITV’s This Morning, Piers Morgan responded to the news in a scathing column.

The former Good Morning Britain presenter blamed Schofield’s exit on daytime TV “weasels” and “two-faced wastrels”.

Read more:

Piers Morgan and Phillip Schofield (Getty Images)
Piers Morgan and Phillip Schofield (Getty Images)

Piers Morgan says Phillip Schofield is ‘heartbroken’ after leaving This Morning

Morgan expressed empathy for former This Morning presenter

Eamonn Holmes issues brutal criticism of Holly Willoughby after Phillip Schofield leaves This Morning

Wednesday 24 May 2023 23:00 , Inga Parkel

Eamonn Holmes has shared a startling claim about Phillip Schofield‘s decision to quit This Morning.

On Saturday (20 May), Schofield announced he was “stepping down” from the ITV daytime show a week after it was reported he had fallen out with Willoughby, his co-host.

However, Holmes, who previously called the pair “actors”, has questioned Schofield’s wording. In the statement, he said: “ITV has decided the current situation can’t go on, and I want to do what I can to protect the show that I love.”

Holmes believes the presenter “was sacked”.

Read more:

(Left to right) Eamonn Holmes, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby (GB News/Getty Images)
(Left to right) Eamonn Holmes, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby (GB News/Getty Images)

Eamonn Holmes issues brutal criticism of Holly Willoughby

Eamonn Holmes on Holly Willoughby

Everything we know about Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield ‘fall-out’

Wednesday 24 May 2023 22:00 , Inga Parkel

After a week of rumours of a rift between This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, it has been announced that Schofield will leave the show “with immediate effect”.

Below is a timeline of Schofield and Willoughby’s working relationship, and the ups and downs they have both endured along the way.

 (Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)
(Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

Everything we know about the Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby ‘fall-out’

What has happened with Phillip Schofield?

Nadia Sawalha explains why she ‘hasn’t said anything’ about Phillip Schofield exit

Wednesday 24 May 2023 19:30 , Inga Parkel

Loose Women star Nadia Sawalha has become the latest ITV star to discuss Phillip Schofield’s departure from This Morning.

Speaking on her podcast Coffee Moaning, the daytime TV star explained why many ITV stars hadn’t discussed the topic publicly.

“This story with Phillip and Holly is just huge, it’s just everywhere. There’s so much speculation and so much chat,” she said.

“I think everybody at ITV, like my colleagues... there is the constant question of why haven’t we said anything? Why are we not saying anything?”

She continued: “It is difficult, because I do have a rule..., and I think it’s a good one, that I don’t bad-mouth people that are colleagues. I think that’s what makes you a decent person or not.

“There are people who don’t stick to that rule and I believe that a certain person who is in the news at the moment didn’t stick to that so much with me a long while ago. I’m just going to leave that there.”

Piers Morgan says Phillip Schofield is ‘heartbroken’ after leaving This Morning

Wednesday 24 May 2023 18:30 , Inga Parkel

In a scathing column written for The Sun, Morgan reacted to the news of Phillip Schofield’s departure from This Morning.

“For ITV to not even give him the chance to say a proper goodbye to his large, loyal audience after 21 years struck me as needlessly churlish, and I know he’s utterly heartbroken about it because he told me himself,” Morgan wrote.

Read more of what he said here:

Piers Morgan and Phillip Schofield (Getty Images)
Piers Morgan and Phillip Schofield (Getty Images)

Piers Morgan says Phillip Schofield is ‘heartbroken’ after leaving This Morning

Morgan expressed empathy for former This Morning presenter in scathing column

How did Phillip Schofield announce his departure?

Wednesday 24 May 2023 17:30 , Inga Parkel

In a statement, Phillip Schofield announced his exit from This Morning.

“Throughout my career in TV – including the very difficult last few days – I have always done my best to be honourable and kind. So I have agreed to step down from This Morning with immediate effect, in the hope that the show can move forward to a bright future,” he said.

From Piers Morgan to Eamonn Holmes: The celebrities who weighed in on Phillip Schofield’s This Morning exit

Wednesday 24 May 2023 16:30 , Inga Parkel

 (Getty)
(Getty)

The celebrities who have weighed in on Phillip Schofield’s This Morning exit

Presenter left the ITV show last week

Watch: Kim Woodburn criticises Holly Willoughby over Phillip Schofield feud

Wednesday 24 May 2023 15:30 , Peony Hirwani

Watch: Jack Whitehall jokes about Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield's 'fall-out'

Wednesday 24 May 2023 15:00 , Peony Hirwani

This Morning hosts’ ITV salaries revealed as Phillip Schofield quits

Wednesday 24 May 2023 14:30 , Peony Hirwani

This Morning hosts’ ITV salaries revealed as Phillip Schofield quits

Voices: Is there anything more British than Holly and Phil’s frosty fallout?

Wednesday 24 May 2023 13:30 , Peony Hirwani

We say to colleagues that we’ll miss them, says the Very British Problems author Rob Temple, but what we really mean is, “thank God they’re gone and I’ve now got their parking space”.

Opinion: Is there anything more British than Holly and Phil’s frosty fallout?

Nadia Sawalha explains why she ‘hasn’t said anything’ about Phillip Schofield exit

Wednesday 24 May 2023 13:00 , Peony Hirwani

Loose Women star Nadia Sawalha has become the latest ITV star to discuss Phillip Schofield’s departure from This Morning.

Speaking on her podcast Coffee Moaning, the daytime TV star explained why many ITV stars hadn’t discussed the topic publicly.

“This story with Phillip and Holly is just huge, it’s just everywhere. There’s so much speculation and so much chat,” she said.

“I think everybody at ITV, like my colleagues... there is the constant question of why haven’t we said anything? Why are we not saying anything?”

She continued: “It is difficult, because I do have a rule..., and I think it’s a good one, that I don’t bad-mouth people that are colleagues. I think that’s what makes you a decent person or not.

“There are people who don’t stick to that rule and I believe that a certain person who is in the news at the moment didn’t stick to that so much with me a long while ago. I’m just going to leave that there.”

Rochelle Humes pays tribute to Phillip Schofield after his ‘This Morning’ exit

Wednesday 24 May 2023 12:30 , Peony Hirwani

Rochelle Humes has paid tribute to Phillip Schofield following his departure from ITV’s This Morning.

“I’ve proudly been a part of the This Morning family for almost 10 years and over the last few, it has been an absolutely pleasure learning so much from you,” Humes wrote in an Instagram post on Monday (22 May).

“Thanks for all the lessons – you’re a fountain of love knowledge and laughter,” she added.

 (Rochelle Humes/Instagram)
(Rochelle Humes/Instagram)

Everything we know about Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield ‘fall-out’

Wednesday 24 May 2023 12:00 , Peony Hirwani

After a week of rumours of a rift between This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, it has been announced that Schofield will leave the show “with immediate effect”.

Below is a timeline of Schofield and Willoughby’s working relationship, and the ups and downs they have both endured along the way.

Everything we know about the Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby ‘fall-out’

Watch: Phillip Schofield’s final sign off from This Morning

Wednesday 24 May 2023 11:30 , Peony Hirwani

Eamonn Holmes issues brutal criticism of Holly Willoughby after Phillip Schofield leaves This Morning

Wednesday 24 May 2023 11:00 , Peony Hirwani

Eamonn Holmes has shared a startling claim about Phillip Schofield‘s decision to quit This Morning.

On Saturday (20 May), Schofield announced he was “stepping down” from the ITV daytime show a week after it was reported he had fallen out with Willoughby, his co-host.

However, Holmes, who previously called the pair “actors”, has questioned Schofield’s wording. In the statement, he said: “ITV has decided the current situation can’t go on, and I want to do what I can to protect the show that I love.”

Holmes believes the presenter “was sacked”.

Read more:

Eamonn Holmes issues brutal criticism of Holly Willoughby

From Piers Morgan to Eamonn Holmes: The celebrities who weighed in on Phillip Schofield’s This Morning exit

Wednesday 24 May 2023 10:00 , Peony Hirwani

The celebrities who have weighed in on Phillip Schofield’s This Morning exit

Irish chef Clodagh McKenna on Phillip Schofield exit

Wednesday 24 May 2023 09:15 , Peony Hirwani

Clodagh McKenna has expressed her views about Phillip Schofield’s exit from The Morning.

“21 years of brightening up our mornings…. And I’ve been so lucky to be part of three of them. I’ll miss the morning hug, the twinkle in your eye that makes me giggle and your empathy,” she wrote on Instagram.

“You will be missed.”

Everything we know about Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield ‘fall-out’

Wednesday 24 May 2023 08:30 , Peony Hirwani

After a week of rumours of a rift between This Morning hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, it has been announced that Schofield will leave the show “with immediate effect”.

Below is a timeline of Schofield and Willoughby’s working relationship, and the ups and downs they have both endured along the way.

Everything we know about the Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby ‘fall-out’

Watch: Phillip Schofield's first appearance on This Morning in 1988

Wednesday 24 May 2023 07:45 , Peony Hirwani

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: TV hosts’ ITV salaries as Phil quits This Morning

Wednesday 24 May 2023 07:00 , Peony Hirwani

This Morning hosts’ ITV salaries revealed as Phillip Schofield quits

Phillip Schofield ‘will end up making railway documentaries’, ITV sources say

Wednesday 24 May 2023 06:15 , Peony Hirwani

Phillip Schofield’s future at ITV after he hosts the Soap Awards next month is uncertain, inside sources have claimed.

Read more:

Phillip Schofield ‘will end up making railway documentaries,’ ITV sources say

How did Phillip Schofield announce his departure?

Wednesday 24 May 2023 05:30 , Inga Parkel

In a statement, Phillip Schofield announced his exit from This Morning.

“Throughout my career in TV – including the very difficult last few days – I have always done my best to be honourable and kind. So I have agreed to step down from This Morning with immediate effect, in the hope that the show can move forward to a bright future,” he said.

Phillip Schofield’s family remain silent after shock ITV departure

Wednesday 24 May 2023 04:30 , Inga Parkel

Phillip Schofield’s family has so far remained silent after his sudden departure from This Morning.

The presenter’s two daughters Molly and Ruby Schofield, and his estranged wife Stephanie Lowe have not yet publically addressed the 61-year-old’s shock departure from the show.

Read more:

Phillip Schofield (right) and his wife Stephanie Lowe (PA)
Phillip Schofield (right) and his wife Stephanie Lowe (PA)

Family of Phillip Schofield remain silent after shock ITV departure

Schofield announced he was leaving the ITV talk show on Saturday ‘with immediate effect’

Piers Morgan decries daytime TV ‘weasels’ and ‘two-faced wastrels’ for Phillip Schofield exit

Wednesday 24 May 2023 04:02 , Peony Hirwani

Days after Phillip Schofield’s exit from This Morning, Piers Morgan reacted to Schofield’s “brutal” dethroning in a scathing column for The Sun.

Read what he said here:

Piers Morgan decries daytime TV ‘weasels’ over Phillip Schofield exit

Rochelle Humes pays tribute to Phillip Schofield after his ‘This Morning' exit

Wednesday 24 May 2023 03:30 , Inga Parkel

Rochelle Humes has paid tribute to Phillip Schofield following his departure from ITV’s This Morning.

“I’ve proudly been a part of the This Morning family for almost 10 years and over the last few, it has been an absolutely pleasure learning so much from you,” Humes wrote in an Instagram post on Monday (22 May).

“Thanks for all the lessons – you’re a fountain of love knowledge and laughter,” she added.

 (Rochelle Humes/Instagram)
(Rochelle Humes/Instagram)

How much was Phillip Schofield paid for This Morning?

Wednesday 24 May 2023 02:30 , Inga Parkel

With Phillip Schofield’s recent exit from This Morning, many might wonder how this will impact him financially.

Jacob Stolworthy has uncovered the rather large deficit his bank account will now see.

 (Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)
(Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

How much Phillip Schofield got paid for This Morning ahead of quitting series

How much the pair reportedly got paid

Eamonn Holmes issues brutal criticism of Holly Willoughby

Wednesday 24 May 2023 01:30 , Inga Parkel

After previously criticising Phillip Schofield, Eamonn Holmes has now taken aim at This Morning’s remaining host Holly Willoughby.

Holmes criticised Willoughby over her claim she was “sad” Schofield was departing the show, saying: “Well, she wanted him not there, so what is she moaning about? Holly is being as false as he is and nobody is talking about the elephant in the room.”

Jacob Stolworthy reports:

(Left to right) Eamonn Holmes, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby (GB News/Getty Images)
(Left to right) Eamonn Holmes, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby (GB News/Getty Images)

Eamonn Holmes issues brutal criticism of Holly Willoughby

Eamonn Holmes on Holly Willoughby

ITV denies Eamonn Holmes’ claim about Phillip Schofield’s This Morning exit

Wednesday 24 May 2023 00:30 , Inga Parkel

While speaking on GB News, former This Morning host Eamonn Holmes said: “Oh please, just stop this. [Schofield] was sacked. All this nonsense of ‘I’ve decided to step down’. I’m sure you did – ‘here’s your P45 now step down’.”

However, in a statement to The Independent, an ITV spokesperson said: “Phillip Schofield’s decision to step down from This Morning was (as his statement made clear) a decision agreed between Phillip and ITV.”

Read more:

 (YouTube / Getty Images)
(YouTube / Getty Images)

ITV denies Eamonn Holmes’ claim about Phillip Schofield’s This Morning exit

Channel reiterated Schofield’s earlier statement following startling allegation

Dermot O’Leary will skip Wednesday’s show

Tuesday 23 May 2023 23:30 , Inga Parkel

Dermot O’Leary, who’s been temporarily filling in with Alison Hammond to co-host This Morning, will be absent on Wednesday (24 May) to celebrate his 50th birthday.

As such, Craig Doyle will stand in for O’Leary that day, according to The Daily Mail.

Piers Morgan decries daytime TV ‘weasels’ and ‘two-faced wastrels’ for Phillip Schofield exit

Tuesday 23 May 2023 23:03 , Inga Parkel

Days after Phillip Schofield’s exit from This Morning, Piers Morgan reacted to Schofield’s “brutal” dethroning in a scathing column for The Sun.

Read what he said here:

Piers Morgan and Phillip Schofield (Getty Images)
Piers Morgan and Phillip Schofield (Getty Images)

Piers Morgan decries daytime TV ‘weasels’ and ‘two-faced wastrels’ for Phillip Schofield exit

Morgan expressed empathy for former This Morning presenter in scathing column

Watch: Phillip Schofield’s final sign off from This Morning

Tuesday 23 May 2023 22:30 , Inga Parkel

Nadia Sawalha explains why she ‘hasn’t said anything’ about Phillip Schofield exit

Tuesday 23 May 2023 21:30 , Inga Parkel

Loose Women star Nadia Sawalha has become the latest ITV star to discuss Phillip Schofield’s departure from This Morning.

Speaking on her podcast Coffee Moaning, the daytime TV star explained why many ITV stars hadn’t discussed the topic publicly.

“This story with Phillip and Holly is just huge, it’s just everywhere. There’s so much speculation and so much chat,” she said.

“I think everybody at ITV, like my colleagues... there is the constant question of why haven’t we said anything? Why are we not saying anything?”

She continued: “It is difficult, because I do have a rule..., and I think it’s a good one, that I don’t bad-mouth people that are colleagues. I think that’s what makes you a decent person or not.

“There are people who don’t stick to that rule and I believe that a certain person who is in the news at the moment didn’t stick to that so much with me a long while ago. I’m just going to leave that there.”

How did Holly Willoughby respond to Phillip Schofield’s exit

Tuesday 23 May 2023 20:30 , Inga Parkel

Following ITV’s announcement that Phillip Schofield would be leaving This Morning with “immediate effect”, Holly Willoughby took to Instagram to thank her outgoing co-host for “13 great years presenting”.

“The sofa won’t feel the same without him,” she wrote.

 (Instagram)
(Instagram)