ITV to launch external review into Phillip Schofield’s controversial This Morning exit

The broadcaster says it's keen to "establish the facts".

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 1st June 2023

ITV has confirmed that it is commissioning an external review into Phillip Schofield’s controversial departure from This Morning.

It comes after the 61-year-old announced back on 20 May that he was to step down from presenting the ITV daytime show with immediate effect, after first taking over presenting reins in 2002 and fronting the programme for the past 21 years.

Alongside co-presenter Holly Willoughby, Schofield became a well-known face on daytime television and went on to win numerous awards for his presenting work over the past two decades – but rumours began swirling that his professional relationship and off-screen friendship with Willoughby had soured.

Schofield explained that the unconfirmed rift between himself and his co-presenter, as well as the fact “This Morning itself has become the story”, lead to his decision to depart to the show.

Schofield’s stepping down from the presenting role also comes after he had taken several weeks off-air recently – some as pre-planned leave, and some while his brother, Timothy Schofield, faced trial for sexual abuse against a teenage boy.

Phillip Schofield had presented the daytime TV show since 2002 before stepping down / Credit: ITV

Following his already-controversial exit, Schofield then issued a formal statement confirming he had an “unwise but not illegal” relationship with a younger male colleague last Friday, and resigned from ITV all together after admitting to both the affair, and to lying about it.

ITV has now confirmed it has now instructed a barrister to carry out an external review into the situation to “establish the facts”.


Ahead of the broadcaster’s executives appearing before the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committe next week, and being quizzed by MPs over their handling of the situation at This Morning, ITV’s Dame Carolyn McCall said in a letter – as seen by the PA News Agency, and reported by Sky News, BBC News, ITV News, and more – said they are taking the matter “extremely seriously”.

ITV has commissioned an external review into the presenter’s controversial This Morning exit / Credit: ITV

She wrote: “You will have seen the significant media coverage concerning Phillip Schofield [and] as you would expect, we take the matter extremely seriously and have reviewed our own records over the weekend.

“Given the ongoing rumours, we continued to ask questions of both parties, who both continued to deny the rumours, including as recently as this month.


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“There has been a lot of inaccuracy in the reporting so I thought it would be useful to set out some facts.”

Featured Image – Ken McKay (via ITV)