Phillip Schofield won’t be hosting this year’s British Soap Awards as he has quit ITV.
After previously stating that he would present the ceremony, and following various comments that stated the focus would strongly be on Phil rather than the stars from EastEnders, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Doctors, it’s now been confirmed he won’t reprise the role he has undertaken for 17 years.
He has also stepped back from ITV as a whole.
A statement to The Daily Mail said: ‘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.
‘I have therefore decided to step down from the British Soap Awards, my last public commitment, and am resigning from ITV with immediate effect expressing my immense gratitude to them for all the amazing opportunities that they have given me.
‘I will reflect on my very bad judgement in both participating in the relationship and then lying about it’
Addressing the unnamed runner he has an affair with, Schofield continued to The Daily Mail: ‘I did have a consensual on-off relationship with a younger male colleague at This Morning.
‘Contrary to speculation, whilst I met the man when he was a teenager and was asked to help him to get into television, it was only after he started to work on the show that it became more than just a friendship. That relationship was unwise, but not illegal. It is now over.
‘When I chose to come out I did so entirely for my own wellbeing. Nobody “forced” me out.
‘Neither I nor anyone else, to my knowledge, has ever issued an injunction, super or otherwise, about my relationship with this colleague, he was never moved on or sacked by or because of me.
‘In an effort to protect my ex-colleague I haven’t been truthful about the relationship.
‘But my recent, unrelated, departure from This Morning fuelled speculation and raised questions which have been impacting him, so for his sake it is important for me to be honest now.
‘To protect his privacy, I am not naming this individual and my deepest wish is that both he and his family can now move on with their lives free from further intrusion, and that this statement will enable them to do so.
‘I ask the media now to respect their privacy. They have done nothing wrong, and I ask that their privacy should be respected.’
The former Dancing On Ice and The Cube host has also been dropped by his talent agency after 35 years
Schofield has presented the show since 2006. At first, he worked alongside Fern Britton, but has hosted it alone since 2008.
He was part of the ceremony that shines a light on the stories told in the soaps, as well as delivering the most iconic award of Best Soap every year.
His time presenting This Morning recently came to an end in recent days after 20 years on the sofa.
He had worked alongside Holly Willoughby after she replaced Fern Britton, and officially left after the episode broadcasted on May 18, with the show later confirming his departure.
It came after reports that Phil and Holly were ‘barely speaking’ behind-the-scenes and that their relationship had ‘cooled’.
In a statement released on Saturday, May 20, ITV said that: ‘After more than 20 years on the This Morning sofa, Phillip Schofield has stepped back from ITV’s flagship morning show having presented his last episode on Thursday 18 May.
‘Having co-hosted the multi-award winning show for two decades, Phillip will continue to present peak time shows for ITV including next month’s The British Soap Awards and a new prime time series.’
Announcing he was stepping down, Schofield said: ‘I have always been proud to cover fascinating stories on This Morning. But recently, This Morning itself has become the story. Throughout my career in TV – including the very difficult last few days – I have always done my best to be honourable and kind.
‘I understand that ITV has decided the current situation can’t go on, and I want to do what I can to protect the show that I love. So I have agreed to step down from This Morning with immediate effect, in the hope that the show can move forward to a bright future.
‘I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me – especially This Morning’s amazing viewers – and I’ll see you all for the Soap Awards next month.’
The TV star has been at the centre of the news for a few weeks now, after his brother, Timothy, was sentenced to 12 years at Bristol Crown Court after being found guilty of 11 sexual offences involving a child, including two of sexual activity with a child, after a trial at Exeter Crown Court earlier last month.
The jury at Exeter Crown Court found Timothy guilty of all counts with a majority of 10-2 after more than five-and-a-half hours of deliberation.
He denied the charges but was convicted of three counts of causing a child to watch sexual activity, three of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, three of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and two of sexual activity with a child.
Following the verdict, condemned the actions of his brother, saying: ‘As far as I am concerned, I no longer have a brother.’
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