Phillip Schofield to leave This Morning after more than 20 years

Philip Schofield

Phillip Schofield has announced he is to leave ITV’s This Morning after more than 20 years on the breakfast show.

The nationally-beloved TV host announced on Saturday (20 May) that he is to leave the show after he said that This Morning itself had “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,” he said in a statement provided to PinkNews.

“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.

“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.”

ITV confirmed that Holly Willoughby would remain on the show, adding that she would co-present “with members of the This Morning family.”

This comes amid rumours that both Schofield and Willoughby have had a number of backstage disputes and that behind the scenes they are ‘barely speaking’.

According to reports published by The Sun, the pair began to feud around 2019 after Schofield became ‘jealous’ after Willoughby won a BAFTA for her run on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! as she replaced Ant McPartlin.

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