After a week of rumors of a rift between today morning hosts Phillip Scofield and Holly Willoughby, it was announced that Scofield would be leaving the show “with immediate effect”.
His last ITV program was on Thursday 18 May, bringing his 21-year presenting role to an abrupt end.
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Earlier this week, it was reported that the today morning The co-hosts’ relationship is strained, and they “barely speak” to the camera.
Scofield admitted that “the last few weeks haven’t been easy”, but was initially keen to play down the claims, adding: “We’re best friends – as always, she’s been an incredible support on screen, behind On scenes and on the phone. Holly has always been there for me, through good and bad. And I’ve been there for her.
Their first show aired on Monday (May 15) after the rumors broke.
Below is a timeline of Schofield and Willoughby’s working relationship, and the ups and downs the two faced along the way. Independent TechRepublic has contacted Willouhgby for comment.
2006 – Phillip Scofield and Holly Willoughby begin their working relationship after signing on for ITV competition dance on ice,
2009 – Scofield struggles with her today morning co-host Fern Britton. As claimed in Scofield’s 2020 memoir life is what you make itBritton accused her of “interfering” with the content of the day’s show, prompting her to “calmly” say: “Please don’t do this to me again.”
2009 Fern Britton resigns today morning, In her statement, she addresses the show’s team in general, without naming Schofield, who claims in her book that her last line was “the point she decided she didn’t want” on the show. even more. It is claimed that he was paid £250,000 less per year than Scofield.
2009 – Willoughby joins today morningBritain’s place.
2011 Willoughby resigns dance on ice, leaving Scofield to co-host with Christine Lampard.
2013 Scofield tells Heat that she and Britton are “not really” in touch anymore. also says about his working relationship with Britton mailonline: “Like Morecambe and Wise, we decided not to live in each other’s pockets. We were a great professional partnership but we never went on holiday together.”
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august 2017 – It is announced that Willoughby will return dance on ice Reportedly after receiving a £200,000 pay rise equal to Scofield’s salary. It is also reported that Willoughby has received a pay raise. today morning to match Schofield’s annual salary to the owners at around £600,000 to £700,000. By then, Willoughby is believed to have been paid £200,000 less than Scofield previously.
January 2018 – Willoughby’s Return dance on ice Airs on ITV.
August 2018 – Willoughby has been revealed as Anthony McPartlin’s replacement I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! With Declan Donnelly, following the former’s announcement of a year-long break from presenting.
October 2018 – Rumors of a rivalry between Schofield and Britton resurfaced when, during today morningepisode, the latter claims that she was not invited to the show’s BAFTA ceremony. “Congratulations on the BAFTAs,” she says, “it was absolutely wonderful and fantastic. I would have loved to be there but I didn’t get an invitation. Scofield explains she was on stage in Scotland at the time of the event, but the Briton replies:” I wasn’t there Monday night – I would have come but I wasn’t invited.” This prompted Scofield to write on Twitter that Britton had “memory loss” and would have been welcome to attend.
April 2019 – Schofield disapproves of Ruth Langsford, who appears today morning to preview upcoming episodes of loose Women She was presenting. Introducing the episode’s themes, Scofield cuts her off by saying: “Guys, we’re going to have to jump in there and stop you, I’m afraid because we’re a little tight for time on this end. Thanks, Ruth.” Langsford was unaffected. appears, and fires back: “Well, I only had two more words to say.”
june 2019 Scofield responds to reports that he blocked Amanda Holden from securing several high-profile presenting roles. A report alleges that Schofield branded Britain’s Got Talent The judge was “difficult to manage”, and despite Holden being told the job was his, he “actively campaigned” for Rochelle Humes to get the gig as his stand-in co-host. Could It is also claimed that Holden was told that she would replace McPartlin. i’m a celebrityonly to allegedly have Scofield stop his booking.
December 2019 – The first claims of a rift between Scofield and Willoughby have been reported. The pair are said to be embroiled in a “toxic” rift, and it has been reported that Scofield was jealous of his co-host i’m a celebrity tenure. During a press launch for a new series dance on ice, Willoughby told reporters: “You can’t quantify the hours of TV we do with each other without meeting each other.” It has also been claimed that Ruth Langsford lodged a complaint about Schofield to ITV bosses.
February 2020 – Comes out as gay next on an episode of Schofield today morning, after which Willoughby, sharing a photo of himself with Scofield, wrote on Instagram: “I have never been more proud of my friend than I am today.” During the episode, the pair discuss Schofield’s decision to come out, with Willoughby telling her: “I know you’ve been living with that inner struggle for a long time.”
November 2021 – Willoughby denied claims that he ever had a falling out with Scofield Fern Cotton’s Happy Place podcast, stating: “I was watching from afar when you found everybody in the press saying you and Philippa are having a ‘difficult time’ and in the meantime, you’re great friends and there’s been no argument. ” She describes the 2018 report as “a particularly difficult time”: “But I think, and I remember having this conversation with Phil at the time, it was like: ‘But we know I believe as long as you know the truth, everything turns out alright.”
February 2022 – Eamonn Holmes hits out at Scofield after replacing him and wife Langsford on Friday’s episode today morning by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary. He says Schofield is “passive-aggressive” and accuses him of “swindling people”. Speaking about the alleged rift with Langsford, Holmes later said: “It’s up to Ruth to say how she feels, but I was feeling hurt for her.”
September 2022 – Schofield and Willoughby are criticized for having the public jump a queue while filming a segment today morning About Queen Elizabeth II lying in state. ITV defends the pair, who address the controversy during an episode next week.
April 2023 — Schofield goes off air for a few weeks after his brother Timothy was convicted of 11 sex offenses involving a child between October 2016 and October 2019, including two sex acts with a child. Schofield, who publicly disapproves of his sibling, thanked viewers for their “kind messages and support” upon his return.
11 May 2023 Scofield responds to another claim of a rift with Willoughby. The presenter says that, while “the last few weeks haven’t been easy for either of us”, he sees Willoughby as his “rock”. He adds: “We’re the best of friends – as always, she’s been an incredible support on screen, behind the scenes and on the phone. Holly has always been there for me, through the good and the bad. And I’ve been there for her Am.
14 May 2023 – ITV confirms Willoughby and Scofield will present sequel today morningairing as normal on Monday 15 May despite the feud claims.
20 May 2023 – In a statement, Scofield confirmed that he had left today morning With immediate effect, writing: “I understand that ITV have decided that the current situation cannot go ahead, and I want to do what I can to protect that show.” You can read the statement in full here.