Phillip Schofield, who on Friday resigned from ITV after admitting he lied about a relationship he had with “a younger male colleague” at This Morning, has faced several controversies in recent months.The veteran TV presenter, 61, announced he was stepping down from presenting the ITV talk show with “immediate effect” last weekend.
His co-presenter Holly Willoughby will remain on the show, but is taking early half-term holiday leave. In a statement released through the Daily Mail, the presenter apologised for lying about the relationship.
He said: “The first thing I want to say is: I am deeply sorry for having lied to them (the Daily Mail), and to many others about a relationship that I had with someone working on This Morning. “I did have a consensual on-off relationship with a younger male colleague at This Morning.
He added that the relationship was “not illegal”, but had been “unwise”. He went on: “I am painfully conscious that I have lied to my employers at ITV, to my colleagues and friends, to my agents, to the media and therefore the public, and most importantly of all to my family. “I am so very, very sorry, as I am for having been unfaithful to my wife.” The announcement comes less than a week after he said he was stepping down from This Morning following rumours of tensions with co-presenter Willoughby.Read more on ok.co.uk