Phillip Schofield says 'thankfully' and breaks year-long social media silence

Phillip Schofield quit presenting This Morning in 2023
Phillip Schofield quit presenting This Morning in 2023 -Credit:ITV

Phillip Schofield has broken his social media silence following the scandal that cost him his TV career.

Posting on his Instagram feed for the first time since May 2023, the 62-year-old shared a snap of his puppy sitting on a bed watching Formula 1. He captioned the picture: "Thankfully, Alfie is a big @f1 fan."

The post, which has the comments section restricted, went out to Phillip's 2.8 million followers this morning (May 15). It was quickly liked and shared by thousands of people, including fellow This Morning host Josie Gibson, Emmerdale actor turned farmer Kelvin Fletcher and comedian Leigh Francis known better as Keith Lemon.

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The dad-of-two has largely kept out of the public spotlight since stepping down from the popular ITV daytime show last year. It came after he admitted to having an "unwise but not illegal" affair with a younger male This Morning showrunner.

His co-host Holly Willoughby stayed on for a short stint after Phillip stepped down. The mum-of-three, who is due to launch a new Netflix series Bear Hunt with adventurer Bear Grylls, stepped away from the show when a man was charged over an alleged plot to kidnap and kill the star.

An external review by ITV published a report last year saying Schofield had “reluctantly declined” to take part because of “the risk to his health”. It found that the broadcaster made “considerable efforts” to discover the truth about an alleged relationship between Schofield and a runner on This Morning in 2019 but was “unable to uncover the relevant evidence” until his admission in 2023.

In that time, the ITV daytime show received a major shake-up once veteran presenters Phillip and Holly quit their roles on the iconic sofa. It is now fronted by Ben Shepherd and Cat Deeley throughout most of the week, with Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary taking over on Friday mornings.

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