Dan Walker calls for end to 'relentless hounding' amid Phillip Schofield scandal

The presenter said 'people are clearly on the edge'

Dan Walker has addressed the This Morning controversy. (Channel 5)
Dan Walker has addressed the This Morning controversy. (Channel 5)

Dan Walker has said he hopes the “relentless hounding” stops as the Phillip Schofield scandal rumbles on.

The Channel 5 presenter spoke out on Twitter after Schofield opened up about the controversy in a BBC interview.

Schofield addressed his “unwise but not illegal” affair with a younger ITV staff member and his This Morning departure, saying he’d “lost everything” and that he understood how Caroline Flackwho took her own life in 2020 – must have felt.

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“I really hope the issues at This Morning are investigated and resolved,” Walker tweeted.

“I hope that the individuals involved get the help they need and the show stays on air.

“I also hope the relentless hounding from some elements of the media stops.”

“People are clearly on the edge,” he added.

Phillip Schofield poses for photographers upon arrival at the Brit Awards 2018 in London, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
Phillip Schofield has exited This Morning. (Invision/AP)

Broadcaster Piers Morgan has also weighed in, tweeting: "Unless Phillip Schofield’s ex-lover contradicts his version of events to @TheSun & BBC, then it’s time to stop this relentless persecution of a guy who’s lost everything and looks right on the edge to me.

"He doesn’t seem to have committed any crime, and he’s not a Govt minister."

And on This Morning, presenter Alison Hammond was in tears as she watched a clip of Schofield's BBC interview, in which he revealed he thought his TV career was over.

"I am just finding it really painful, because obviously, you know, I loved Phillip Schofield and it's weird, because I still love Phillip Schofield," she said.

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"However, what he's done is wrong. He has admitted it, he has said sorry."

Watch: 'I still love Phillip Schofield': Alison Hammond in tears on This Morning