The 61-year-old joined the ITV morning show in 2002. He presented his last show on Thursday and has now stepped down after 20 years.
Sat 20 May 2023 15:30 UK
TV presenter Philip Schofield has left This Morning after more than 20 years.
The 61-year-old joined the ITV morning show in 2002. He presented his last show on Thursday.
In a statement, Scofield said he was stepping down because the program “has become a story” and “I want to do what I can to protect the show I love”.
It comes after reports that his relationship with long-time co-presenter Holly Willoughby had come under strain.
He recently returned this morning from a pre-arranged vacation around his brother sexual abuse trial last month and The Sun reported that the absence had contributed to a “cooling” of their friendship.
The statement said: “I’ve always been proud to cover the compelling stories on This Morning.
“But lately, it’s become the story in the morning.
“Throughout my career in TV – including the very difficult last days – I have always done my best to be respectful and kind.
“I understand that ITV have decided that the current situation cannot go ahead, and I want to do what I can to protect the show that I love.”
He continued: “I have therefore agreed to step down with immediate effect from this morning, in the hope that the show can move forward towards a brighter future.”
Scofield thanked her fans for their support over the years, saying: “I want to thank everyone who has supported me – especially the wonderful viewers of This Morning – and I look forward to seeing you all at the Soap Awards next month Will look for.”
This comes after rumors of a feud between him and Willoughby, who also made a statement regarding Scofield stepping down.
On an Instagram story she said: “Hi everyone… It’s been over 13 years presenting This Morning with Phil and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank him for his knowledge, his experience and his humour. “
“This sofa won’t feel the same without it.”