How Phillip Schofield’s 40 year career was blown apart in 16 days after ITV axe & affair with young This Morning worker


PHILLIP Schofield burst on to UK TV screens in 1985 introducing Children’s BBC exhibits from the “Broom Cupboard” with puppet pal Gordon the Gopher.

But his glittering, 40-year TV career — which started in New Zealand — appeared at an finish following his confession of an affair with a “much younger” ITV worker.

It has taken simply 15 days for the previous king of daytime TV to fall from grace, amid his poisonous feud with This Morning’s Holly Willoughby.

The Sun has led the best way with scoops on the row. On May 11 we reported the pair have been barely talking off-screen. A day later Schofield, 61, issued a press release aimed toward therapeutic the rift, saying “the last few weeks have not been easy for either of us”.

He added: “Whatever happens we still have each other to count on.”

Yet final night time that declare appeared a distant hope — as Schofield confronted being solid into the wilderness, and was .

An business supply mentioned: “This seems to be the ultimate curtain for Phil — and his newest transfer seems like career suicide. There doesn’t appear to be a lot hope of getting back from this. Which community would need him now?

“It appears a unprecedented transfer — to confess to a fling with a youthful man when he was married.

“And it is the act of a desperate man. It appears the pressure has got to Phil, otherwise why do this?”

Schofield left the Broom Cupboard in 1987 to host hit youngsters’ present Going Live! on Saturday mornings.

In 1991 he took the main West End position in Joseph and the Amazing (*16*) Dreamcoat.

He turned a TV staple, internet hosting National Lottery exhibits, the Soap Awards and having fun with a 21-year run on This Morning.

His time on the couch ended with a press release final weekend, following his axing two days earlier.

Stories of a feud with Holly courting again years emerged, plus revelations he had referred to as in a lawyer.

Last night time’s dramatic growth even noticed YMU chief Mary (*40*) skewer Schofield with a press release declaring “honesty and integrity are core values . . . defining everything we do”.

Yet in 2020 Schofield gained the hearts of the nation when he bravely got here out as homosexual on reside TV, with Holly by his facet.

The star went into remedy and “poured out my heart”.

He remained married to Stephanie, who he wed in 1993, and near their daughters Molly, 30, and Ruby, 27.

But behind the scenes, gossip swirled over Schofield’s relationship with the youthful man, who finally left This Morning and joined Loose Women.

To the general public all appeared advantageous and Schofield nonetheless loved holidays away with Holly and her husband Dan Baldwin, 48.

But in August 2020, we revealed that Holly had stop YMU to arrange her personal agency, Roxy Management.

Industry sources mentioned the transfer sowed the seeds of the connection breakdown with Schofield.

Then got here Queuegate final September, when the pair have been accused of leaping the road for the Queen’s Lying-in-State.

The public who had waited in a single day to pay respects to Her Majesty have been outraged that the TV stars had been ushered straight into Westminster Hall. The embarrassed duo issued a press release saying that they had seen the coffin in their capability as broadcasters.

Schofield’s £1million promoting deal with We Buy Any Car was not renewed quickly after the row.

But Holly retained seven-figure offers with companies reminiscent of M&S.

The last straw in their TV partnership is alleged to have been Schofield’s failure to inform Holly about his brother Timothy’s sex-abuse trial.

An awkward look on This Morning adopted, when viewers have been left aghast on the rigidity between the co-hosts. They reviewed newspapers however swerved tales about their falling-out.

And then final Saturday at 3pm, Schofield introduced he was leaving This Morning.

His assertion — the day after his brother was sentenced to 12 years — noticed him declare he had been proud to cowl “fascinating stories” however “This Morning itself had become the story”.

Industry sources concluded that “what Holly wants, Holly gets”.

But not even she may have predicted final night time’s shock growth. Now it seems she, and the general public, are set to bid farewell to considered one of its most enduring stars.


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