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Jeremy Clarkson, Piers Morgan defend ex-This Morning host Phillip Schofield – latest



Phillip Schofield claims he ‘understands how Caroline Flack felt’ after This Morning departure

Phillip Schofield has received words of support from numerous celebrities after suggesting he had experienced suicidal thoughts amid the fallout surrounding his “unwise” but “not illegal” affair with a younger colleague on This Morning.

The 61-year-old gave an emotional interview to the BBC on Friday 2 June, where he described the impact of the “constant” and “relentless” onslaught from the media since he admitted to having an affair with the colleague on the ITV show.

“This is how Caroline Flack felt,” he said, referring to the former Love Island host who took her own life in 2020.

Flack’s mother Chrisine told Schofield: “Don’t do anything stupid.” She also condemned ITV for treating its presenters like “commodities”.


Stars such as Piers Morgan, Jeremy Clarkson and Rupert Everett have all questioned the intensity of the backlash against Schofield.

In the interview, Schofield denied accusations that he “groomed” his younger colleague, whom he met during a school visit when the boy in question was 15. Schofield denied that any sexual encounters took place until the ITV employee was around 20 years old. You can find the five biggest revelations from the interview here.

This Morning presenter Alison Hammond broke down during the latest episode of the daytime show, as she discussed Schofield’s interview with her colleague Dermot O’Leary.


A handful of protestors went to the Soap Awards last night

It was the British Soap Awards at The Lowry Theatre in Salford last night, and Schofield was originally due to host the ceremony. Jane McDonald stepped in at the last minute to replace him, but protestors still showed up outside the venue with signs.

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Jeremy Clarkson compares Schofield’s age-gap relationship to Leonardo DiCaprio’s

The presenter has said he finds the criticism of Schofield over his secret affair with a younger male colleague “weird” and has “never seen a witch hunt like it”.

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Could Holly Willoughby move to the BBC?

There are reports that since Willoughby hosted the celebrity challenge show Freeze the Fear on BBC One last year, bosses at the rival broadcaster have been keen to poach her.

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New reactions are in from Jeremy Clarkson and Dan Walker

Several stars have jumped to Schofield’s defence, arguing that there is an element of homophobia to the backlash against the former This Morning host.

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Schofield denied grooming colleague

He said he was “utterly broken and ashamed” over having the affair with the younger male colleague, but denied grooming the man.

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Holly Willoughby will be back on Monday

The presenter will be back on This Morning after her extended halfterm break. Find out who’s joining her on the sofa below…


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Caroline Flack’s mother Christine issues strong advice

The mother of the late Love Island host Caroline Flack, who took her own life three years ago, has issued a heartfelt plea to Phillip Schofield: “Wait to see what happens and don’t do anything stupid.”

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The British Soap Awards will take place tonight

Schofield was meant to be hosting the ceremony, but after the presenter admitted to his affair, ITV was forced to find a last-minute stand-in, with singer Jane McDonald stepping in to replace him. The event will be televised on Tuesday night.

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Who has supported Schofield and who has spoken out against him?

From Piers Morgan to Eamonn Holmes and Rupert Everett to Alison Hammond, read what many stars have had to say here…

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Piers Morgan weighs in

The former ITV presenter wrote on Twitter: “Unless Phillip Schofield’s ex-lover contradicts his version of events to The Sun [and the] BBC, then it’s time to stop this relentless persecution of a guy who’s lost everything and looks right on the edge to me.”

He continued: “He doesn’t seem to have committed any crime, and he’s not a [government] minister.”

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Source: Independent

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