Broadcaster Eamonn Holmes has accused ITV of covering up the affair of Phillip Schofield. Holmes claims that station bosses knew of Schofield’s affairs and allegations against him, but “never once took action”. Schofield recently admitted to having a relationship with a younger colleague from This Morning and lying about it. ITV have accepted his resignation and will no longer be working with him. A spokesperson for the broadcasting company said they were “deeply disappointed by the admissions of deceit”. The relationship that Schofield had with his colleague was “unwise,” but not illegal. He has apologised for lying to his employers, his colleagues, his family, and the public.
Holmes also criticised Holly Willoughby’s reaction to Schofield’s departure from This Morning, claiming she was duplicitous. Willoughby had expressed sadness at Schofield’s departure after more than two decades on the programme. Holmes suggested that Willoughby wanted Schofield gone and that “they deserve each other”. Holmes believes that both presenters lacked kindness and awareness for those around them.
GB News host Dan Wooton also criticised ITV, claiming that there was “widespread outrage that management allowed this to go on for so long”. Wooton claims one of the station’s biggest stars contacted him to allege a “cover-up” had taken place. He has called on all senior executives at ITV to step down and called the company “woke”.
Schofield’s statement confessing to the affair and lying repeatedly also comes after the soap awards show he was meant to present was cancelled. The statement was released via the Daily Mail and Schofield admitted, “I am deeply sorry for having lied to them, and to many others about a relationship that I had with someone working on This Morning”. He resigns with immediate effect, thanking ITV for the opportunities it has given him. He apologises for his “very bad judgement” and lies about the affair.