UPDATE: Phillip Schofield hits back at people with grudges against him

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby with award

Credit: Twitter@Schofe

Monday, May 29, at 12:50 pm

Schofield, who had already stepped down from a number of obligations after admitting to an affair with a much younger man and has now quit ITV altogether, has hit out at critics on social media, May 29.

Schofield took to Instagram:  “Now I no longer work on @thismorning I am free to say this. I hope you have noticed that it’s the same handful of people with a grudge against me or the show who seem to have the loudest voice.

“This Morning IS the best show to work on, with the best people. In all the years I worked there there was no toxicity. You can listen to those persistently loud voices if you like.

“But the thousands of guests over the years, thousands of staff and crew, hundreds of presenters and contributors all know, it IS a family of wonderful, talented, kind, hard-working people.”

Schofield hits out at critics
Credit: Phillip Schofield/Instagram

One of his most vocal critics – or one of the persistently loud voices as Schofield puts it in his post is Eamonn Holmes who was quick to respond with this Twitter post:

“Schofield has just put out a delusional statement. Like Holly he puts it on Insta Stories so if it goes wrong there is no record after 24 hrs. I’m reluctant to give the liar any more publicity but believe me Pip if u r looking for a fight, u have picked on the wrong person!”

Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has said that the ITV program has outstanding safeguarding issues to answer regarding the young man who is alleged to have been 15 years old when he met Schofield. Dorries says that Holly Willoughby also has questions to answer.

It is believed that Willoughby will return to present This Morning on June 5, following an extended half-term break, but with more calls for an enquiry and even for the axing of the long-running and popular show that is yet to be seen.

Sunday, May 28, at 8:12 am

Staff on This Morning fear for their jobs today, May 28, as show is ‘tarnished beyond repair’. Specialist abuse lawyer Richard Scorer calls for Schofield enquiry. 

Executives at ITV are facing questions as to their level of knowledge of what happened between Phillip Schofield and the young runner with whom he admitted on Friday to having had an affair.

Scorer said in a statement reported in the Mail: “Any situation where a young person may have been subjected to a potential imbalance of abuse of power needs to be investigated fully and independently”.

Schofield’s frank admissions over the last few weeks have left TV bosses questioning whether the correct approach was taken over various revelations, which have left the popular morning show’s future hanging in the balance.

The embattled presenter was seen making a statement about his relationship with co-presenter Holly Willoughby live on air, seemingly without the go-ahead of bosses or Willoughby’s prior knowledge.

Then of course the revelation of Schofield’s relationship with an as-yet-unnamed young male runner on the show, which was apparently happening around the time he came out as gay.

It was revealed that Schofield had helped the young man get the job in the first place, causing accusations of grooming. ITV bosses said that they had suspicions of something going on but repeated denials from both men left them impotent to act.

Holly Willoughby, who was named Schofield’s ‘rock’ at the time of his coming out, has recently become more distant from Schofield, with some suspecting problems started around Schofield’s brother.

Timothy Schofield was recently found guilty of the sexual abuse of an underage person and it was reported that Phillip had neglected to tell close friend Willoughby about it. Willoughby has since revealed that Schofield lied to her about his relationship with the young runner.

Holly Willoughby said in a recent statement on Instagram: “It’s taken time to process yesterday’s news. When reports of this relationship first surfaced, I asked Phil directly if this was true and was told it was not. It’s been very hurtful to now find out that this was a lie.”

Now many, including ex-presenter Eamonn Holmes, as well as specialist lawyer Scorer, have called for an enquiry as ITV considers the future of This Morning.

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