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This Morning

Phillip Schofield quits ITV's This Morning after 21 years

His departure comes amid reports of a rift between Schofield and his co-host Holly Willoughby.

LAST UPDATE | 20 May 2023

ITV PRESENTER PHILLIP Schofield has announced this afternoon that he will step down as a host of the popular daytime show This Morning, after more than two decades in the role.

The 61-year-old presented his final show on Thursday and announced that he would be stepping down on Instagram today.

ITV has said Schofield’s co-host Holly Willoughby will remain on the show and will “co-present with members of the This Morning family”.

His departure comes amid reports of a rift between Schofield and Willoughby and after his brother, Timothy Schofield, was sentenced to 12 years in jail yesterday after being convicted of child sex offences.

Schofield stated on Instagram today:

“I have always been proud to cover fascinating stories on This Morning. But recently, This Morning itself has become the story.”

“Throughout my career in TV – including the very difficult last few days – I have always done my best to be honourable and kind.”

“I understand that ITV has decided the current situation can’t go on, and I want to do what I can to protect the show I love.”

“I have agreed to step down from This Morning with immediate effect, in the hope that the show can move forward towards a bright future,” he stated.

Schofield has presented the show since 2002, with Willoughby joining him in 2009 and later co-hosting ITV’s Dancing On Ice with Schofield.

Schofield also stated that he’d like to “thank everyone who has supported me – especially This Morning’s amazing viewers”. 

Holly Willoughby stated:

“It’s been over 13 great years presenting This Morning with Phil and I want to take this opportunity to thank him for all of his knowledge, his experience and his humour. The sofa won’t feel the same without him.”

ITV’s Managing Director, Kevin Lygo, called Schofield “one of the best broadcasters of his generation”.

“This Morning is made by one of the best and most diligent teams in television, who produce over 12 hours of live television each week,” Lygo said.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with Phillip starting with The British Soap Awards in June and a brand new peak time series to come.”

With additional reporting from PA

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