Eamonn Holmes slams Phillip Schofield over affair
Television presenter Eamonn Holmes has launched a fresh attack on Phillip Schofield after The Sun revealed the latter had an affair with a much younger This Morning employee. Holmes, 63, blasted Schofield for “telling complete lies” about the relationship and posted on Twitter that he and his wife Ruth had been deceived and lied to. “One day I will tell the story,” he wrote. “We had no issue with him being gay, only support. What transpired took us for fools.” Holmes had been vocal about his former friend’s downfall following the revelations.
Schofield quits ITV
ITV has accepted Schofield’s resignation after he admitted the affair. The male employee is not a public figure and did not want the relationship to be revealed. In a statement, Schofield said he was “deeply sorry” for the “unwise, but not illegal” affair. He resigned from ITV with immediate effect and stepped down from the British Soap Awards.
Agent drops Schofield
Schofield’s agent, YMU, has also dropped him following the revelations. Schofield had been represented by YMU for 35 years. In a statement, the agency said, “Honesty and integrity are core values for YMU’s whole business, defining everything we do. Talent management is a relationship based entirely on trust. This week, we have learned important new information about our client Phillip Schofield”. Schofield, meanwhile, expressed “profound regret” at stepping down from their representation.
Schofield’s future on This Morning uncertain
Schofield was dropped by This Morning last week and was unable to say goodbye to viewers. Reports suggest that the decision was reached following a feud with co-presenter Holly Willoughby, and came as an insider revealed the row was putting off guests from appearing on the show. It is uncertain whether Schofield will be asked to continue with his role on the programme.