Piers Morgan says Phillip Schofield is 'struggling' but that he'll 'be back'

The TV star said he had been in touch with Schofield

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 said Phillip Schofield is 'struggling'. (zz/KGC-254/STAR MAX/IPx 2022)

Piers Morgan has said Phillip Schofield is “struggling” after his This Morning scandal – but predicted: “He’ll be back.”

The broadcaster said he has had contact with Schofield, who was all over the headlines earlier this year as he admitted to having an “unwise but not illegal” affair with a much younger ITV staff member and exited the daytime programme.

He told The Sun that he felt for Schofield and that the “world went completely nuts” over the story, and suggested he could come back with a book or even join him on TalkTV.

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"I've been in touch with Phillip and I think he's struggling,” Morgan said at the TRIC Awards in London.

“It's tough to leave any big job, let alone when it’s a big scandal,” said the TV star, who stepped down from Good Morning Britain in 2021 after refusing to apologise for saying he didn’t believe some things Meghan Markle said in her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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 left This Morning. (Invision/AP)

“But he'll be back,” he said. “I think he can bounce back.”

Morgan said the star had been honest about his mistake.

He also said he believed in second chances and had been given one himself.

"Maybe he will write a book,” the journalist said of Schofield.

“Or join me on Talk TV? Who knows!"

When the scandal was at its peak, Morgan was among those to speak out, calling for an end to the “relentless persecution”.

London, UK. 22nd May, 2023. London, UK. Piers Morgan. Celebrities were a common sight at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023 Press Day held in the grounds of The Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Credit: michael melia/Alamy Live News
Piers Morgan has addressed the Phillip Schofield scandal. (Alamy Live News)

“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 Twitter.

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

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