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20th May 2023

Phillip Schofield’s statement in full as he leaves This Morning with ‘immediate effect’

Steve Hopkins

Schofield said ITV ‘had decided the current situation can’t go on’

Phillip Schofield has announced he is stepping back from This Morning because he wants to “protect the show I love”.

After weeks of speculation and endless headlines about his deteriorating relationship with Willoughby, the 61-year-old released a statement confirming his departure with “immediate effect” on Saturday afternoon.

He joined the show in 2002.

Schofield released a statement on Instagram at 3pm. It reads: “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 that I love.

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

Schofield continued: “I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me – especially This Morning’s amazing viewers – and I’ll see you all for the Soap Awards next month.

Willoughby responded via Instagram, paying tribute to her co-presenters talents and saying it won’t be the same without him.

She wrote: “It’s been over 13 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.”

The 61-year-old, who presented his last show on Thursday, only recently returned to This Morning after taking pre-planned leave when his younger brother, Timothy, stood trial for sexually abusing a boy last month.

Timothy was jailed for 12 years on Friday.

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