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Piers Morgan asks why Phillip Schofield 'had to be destroyed'

The star asked what Schofield did to justify his 'expulsion' from TV and public life

Photo by: zz/KGC-254/STAR MAX/IPx 2022 1/16/22 Piers Morgan is seen on January 16, 2022 outside the BBC Broadcasting House Studios in London, England, UK.
Piers Morgan has spoken out to defend Phillip Schofield. (zz/KGC-254/STAR MAX/IPx 2022)

Piers Morgan has questioned why Phillip Schofield “had to be destroyed” amid his affair scandal earlier this year.

Schofield left ITV’s This Morning in May as he admitted to having an “unwise but not illegal” affair with a much younger staff member and has been out of the spotlight since then. He said afterwards in an interview that he felt he had “lost everything” and that he understood how late Love Island host Caroline Flackwho took her own life in 2020 – must have felt.

Morgan weighed in after ITV published the results of a review into what happened.

“This may be an unpopular opinion but what did Philip Schofield do that justified his expulsion from TV & public life?” he wrote on X.

“He had a consensual affair with a co-worker who’s made no complaint about it, and his wife’s been supportive too. Struggling to see why he had to be destroyed?”

It isn’t the first time that Morgan has spoken out about what happened, as he also shared his thoughts when the scandal was at its peak, calling for an end to the “relentless persecution”.

“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 said on X at the time.

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

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 15: Phillip Schofield attends the ITV Palooza 2022 on November 15, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images)
Phillip Schofield left This Morning in May. (Getty Images)

Schofield has rarely been seen since leaving This Morning, which he had been on for more than 20 years.

The review into what happened, which Schofield did not participate in, said ITV made "considerable efforts" to determine the truth about the relationship between the presenter and his colleague.

It also said there was "no finding of a 'toxic' culture" at the programme.

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