Phillip Schofield claims he ‘understands how Caroline Flack felt’ after This Morning departure

Phillip Schofield has credited his daughters with “saving his life” amid the fallout surrounding his “unwise” but “not illegal” affair with a younger colleague on This Morning.

The 61-year-old gave an emotional interview to the BBC on Friday 2 June, where he described the impact of the “constant” and “relentless” onslaught from the media since he admitted to having an affair with a younger male colleague on the ITV show.

“This is how Caroline Flack felt,” he said, referring to the former Love Island host who took her own life in 2020.

In the interview, Schofield denied accusations that he “groomed” his younger colleague, whom he met during a school visit when the boy in question was 15. Schofield denied that anything sexual took place until the ITV employee was around 20 years old. You can find the five biggest revelations from the interview here.

This Morning presenter Alison Hammond broke down during the latest episode of the daytime show, as she discussed Schofield’s interview with her colleague Dermot O’Leary.

Meanwhile, former Good MorningBritain co-host Piers Morgan has tweeted that it is time to stop the “relentless persecution” of Schofield.


Meet the key players in ITV’s This Morning scandal

Phillip Schofield’s resignation from ITV – and the scandal surrounding his departure – is continuing to cause chaos at the broadcaster.

Last week, the 61-year-old presenter resigned from hosting This Morning as he admitted to having an “unwise but not illegal” affair with a younger male colleague and lying about it.

The network’s bosses are now facing questions from MPs over the scandal, while ITV has ordered a review into Phillip Schofield’s departure from the show amid reports of a “toxic” environment behind the scenes.

As questions continue to be asked, we have taken a look at the key players at the broadcaster involved.

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Phillip Schofield’s hands were ‘shaking’ during ‘delicate’ interview, says BBC’s Amol Rajan

“[Applying journalistic scrutiny to Schofield] was made significantly more delicate by his clearly very highly charged emotional state,” BBC host Amol Rajan writes.

“As Tony Dolce, one of our two camera operators (along with Tony Jolliffe) observed afterwards, Schofield’s hands were shaking through much of the interview.”

More behind-the-scenes details here:

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Watch: Phillip Schofield claims he ‘understands how Caroline Flack felt’ after This Morning departure

Phillip Schofield claims he ‘understands how Caroline Flack felt’ after This Morning departure

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Alison Hammond breaks down while discussing ‘painful’ Phillip Schofield interview

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Piers Morgan says ‘it’s time to stop relentless persecution’ of Phillip Schofield

Piers Morgan has questioned the “relentless persecution” of Phillip Schofield after he admitted to having an affair with a younger colleague on This Morning.

In an op-ed for The Sun, he said he found the aftermath of Schofield’s exit “brutal to watch” and yet “entirely unsurprising”.

My colleague Jacob Stolworthy reports:

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Phillip Schofield apologises to Holly Willoughby and former lover over affair

In his first interview since leaving ITV and This Morning, Schofield said he was “utterly broken and ashamed” but that he had not “groomed” the man.

He also denied there had ever been a “feud” between him and his “TV sister” Willoughby.

“I’ve lost my best friend. I let her down,” he told The Sun.

“Holly did not know. And she was one of the first texts that I sent, to say, ‘I am so, so sorry that I lied to you’.”

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Piers Morgan asks everyone to ‘stop this relentless persecution’ of Phillip Schofield

Following Phillip Schofield’s first interview since the affair scandal, Piers Morgan has asked everyone to “stop this relentless persecution” of the former This Morning presenter.

“Unless Phillip Schofield’s ex-lover contradicts his version of events to @TheSun & BBC, then it’s time to stop this relentless persecution of a guy who’s lost everything and looks right on the edge to me,” Morgan wrote on Twitter.

“He doesn’t seem to have committed any crime, and he’s not a Govt minister.”

Peony Hirwani2 June 2023 11:35


‘I will regret it forever’: Phillip Schofield addresses This Morning affair scandal in emotional BBC interview

Phillip Schofield has denied “grooming” the ITV colleague with whom he had an affair while working together on This Morning, in his first sit-down interview to address the scandal.

In the interview with the BBC’s Amol Rajan, Schofield appeared distraught and exhausted as he reflected on the fallout from the revelations of the past two weeks, comparing the backlash to the one received by late Love Island presenter Caroline Flack, and asked: “How much are you supposed to take?”

He credited his daughters with “saving his life”, saying they been looking after him and claiming they were “scared to let me out of their sight”.

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Phillip Schofield says he has ‘lost everything’ in BBC interview

Phillip Schofield says he has ‘lost everything’ in BBC interview

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Phillip Schofield: Five biggest revelations from TV host’s sit-down interview about affair scandal

Phillip Schofield has taken part in his first interviews in the wake of his This Morning affair scandal.

On Friday 26 May, it was revealed that Schofield had been dropped by his agent after the TV host admitted to lying about an “unwise but not illegal” consensual relationship he had with a younger male colleague on the daytime series while being married to his wife.

Schofield has since resigned from ITV, with the broadcaster’s bosses saying they were “badly let down” by the former This Morning host.

He has now sat down with the BBC to discuss details of the affair, and to address specific accusations related to the scandal.

Below are the five revelations from the Schofield interview.

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