Phillip Schofield quit Twitter due to 'vile' trolls: 'I've deleted it off my phone'

Phillip Schofield explained why he no longer uses Twitter
Phillip Schofield explained why he no longer uses Twitter. (PA)

Phillip Schofield has shared his disdain for Twitter as he opened up about choosing to leave the social media app due to 'vile' trolls.

The This Morning presenter spoke candidly about his experience with the platform on Tuesday (26 April) while discussing billionaire Elon Musk’s purchase of the app.

Schofield, who first joined Twitter in 2009 along with his co-host Holly Willoughby, confirmed that while he has not deleted his account, the app is no longer on his mobile phone.

He stated: “I've deleted it off my phone. There is a section that is lovely. There is also a section that is vile and I don't want it a part of my life."

Holly Willoughby rejoined Phillip Schofield on This Morning after suffering from coronavirus. (ITV)
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby hosting This Morning (ITV)

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Schofield, who sent his last tweet in December, still has Instagram but has turned off comments on his photos.

The popular presenter came out as gay during an emotional This Morning segment in February 2020 and was immediately showered with praise from friends and fans alike.

Despite having to fend off hurtful comments from trolls online, the star has received plenty of recognition for the powerful moment.

Indeed, the moment was praised by charity Stonewall as a "hugely powerful and courageous move” that will have a real impact on the wider acceptance of the LGBT+ community.

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby in a This Morning promo photo (ITV)
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby in a This Morning promo photo (ITV)

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In February, Schofield went on to accept a special recognition award at the LGBT Awards. "Wow. This is a biggie. What a proud moment for me personally," he said in his video message speech.

He added: "I've never won any award individually. Any award you win as a team that's there propping you up and definitely that's the case with this one.

"I had the most extraordinary people that helped me pack the parachute before the jump — friends and family, loved ones and then there were an enormous amount of rainbow arms outstretched to catch me when I reached the bottom of my jump."

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