Phillip Schofield quits ITV after admitting affair with young colleague

UK broadcaster ITV is in chaos tonight after former TV presenter Phillip Schofield today admitted to having an affair with a young male colleague on This Morning.

The shock announced was made in a statement given to the Daily Mail newspaper confirming what the social world had been openly discussing for weeks.

All gigs cancelled

Schofield has quit working for the troubled channel altogether and all future duties have been cancelled as the presenter’s glittering TV career tonight almost certainly now lies in ruin.

This includes the British Soap Awards, which, bizarrely, he was still scheduled to host even after his sudden departure from ITV last weekend.

The presenter, who came out as gay three years ago, wrote: “I am making this statement via the Daily Mail, to whom I have already apologised personally for misleading, through my lawyer who I also misled, about a story [sic] which they wanted to write about me a few days ago.

“The first thing I want to say is: I am deeply sorry for having lied to them, and to many others about a relationship that I had with someone working on This Morning. I did have a consensual on-off relationship with a younger male colleague at This Morning.

“Contrary to speculation, whilst I met the man when he was a teenager and was asked to help him to get into television, it was only after he started to work on the show that it became more than a just a friendship.

“That relationship was unwise, but not illegal. It is now over…”

Eamonn Holmes blasts those ‘who knew’

In what can accurately be described as a feeding frenzy, many, like sacked former ITV presenter Eamonn Holmes are now practically yelling from the rooftops how they knew all along what was going on, which in turn has led others to ask why THEY never spoke out before.

Holmes also tantalisingly shared today that at least four senior ITV officials knew “what kind of man” Schofield was and that they took no action.

There have also been calls now for ITV CEO Carolyn McCall to step down.

But it doesn’t end there. There are now also questions being raised over Holly Willoughby’s future, which some suggesting that she should also step down from the beleaguered daytime TV show.

As well as leaving ITV, Schofield has also been dropped by his management agency YMU.

In a statement the company wrote: “On Thursday, 25 May 2023, YMU Group parted company with its client Phillip Schofield.

Mary Bekhait, the Group CEO of YMU Group, said: “Honesty and integrity are core values for YMU’s whole business, defining everything we do.

“Talent management is a relationship based entirely on trust.

“This week, we have learned important new information about our client Phillip Schofield. These facts contradicted what Phillip had previously told YMU, as well as the external advisors we had brought in to support him.

“As a result, on Thursday we agreed to part company with Phillip, with immediate effect.”

In early April, Mediashotz reached out to ITV for comment on its corporate governance policies, in light of the events surrounding Schofield. However, the leading UK channel failed to reply to our requests.

On Tuesday Mediashotz will share what ITV did instead when we contacted its press team on the matter in April.