Phillip Schofield’s TV career after he quits This Morning amid ‘fallout’ with Holly Willoughby
Posted by  badge Boss on May 21, 2023 - 02:14AM
Phillip Schofield began his career in the 80s (Picture: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

will no longer be presenting ’s with .

The 61-year-old has presented the show for 20 years, but now Holly, 42, will be going on without him.

This comes after weeks of speculation that they were  and that .

ITV revealed the news: ‘After more than 20 years on the This Morning sofa, Phillip Schofield has stepped back from ITV’s flagship morning show having presented his last episode on Thursday 18 May.

‘Having co-hosted the multi-award winning show for two decades, Phillip will continue to present peak time shows for ITV including next month’s The British Soap Awards and a new prime time series.’

Phil added: ‘I have always been proud to cover fascinating stories on This Morning. But recently, This Morning itself has become the story.

‘Throughout my career in TV – including the very difficult last few days – I have always done my best to be honourable and kind.

Phillip has stepped down from This Morning (Picture: Rex)

‘I understand that ITV has decided the current situation can’t go on, and I want to do what I can to protect the show that I love. So I have agreed to step down from This Morning with immediate effect, in the hope that the show can move forward to a bright future.

‘I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me – especially This Morning’s amazing viewers – and I’ll see you all for the Soap Awards next month.’

Let’s take a look back at Phil’s career so far as he prepares for the next chapter…

Children’s TV

Phil began his UK career on children’s TV in 1985. He’d previously worked in New Zealand on the youth music programme Shazam!

He stayed on CBBC for two years where he presented segments from the ‘broom cupboard,’ before moving on to present Going Live! The compilation show included interviews with notable famous faces, music performances and regular gunges.

Phil got his start on children’s TV (Picture: PA)

Phil has credited his children’s TV beginnings as helping him gain important TV skills.

‘I had great fun in the Broom Cupboard, learning the skills of live TV. If you can introduce Newsround with a fluffy Gopher squeaking next to you, you can handle anything,’ he told .

Phil becomes Joseph

In the final series of Going Live! Philip left to take on the titular role in the West End’s Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat. He took over in 1992 from Jason Donovan and remained in the production for five years.

Phil played Joseph for five years (Picture: Getty Images)

Speaking to the he said: ‘It was such an extraordinary time of my life, it was a bizarre thing to even be asked to do because it was so far away from what I ever planned or thought about doing and the risks were enormous if I had got it wrong.’

This Morning

In 2002, Phil took a seat on the sofa of This Morning with original co-host Fern Britton. He took over from John Leslie.

Holly took the reins from 2009.

Fern Britton was Phil’s original This Morning co-host (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)

He had a big personal moment on the show in 2020. After coming out as gay on Instagram he appeared on This Morning to open up a bit more: ‘This is not something that’s happened quickly. I’ve had to deal with this in my head for quite some time. We’ve gone through this together, we’ve been honest and we’ve been open, and Steph [Lowe, Phil’s wife], as I said… I can’t write in any statement what I feel about that woman.

‘She is amazing. She’s incredible. There is no one in my life who would have supported me, as a wife, the way she’s supported me. She’s astonishing, literally astonishing.’

Phil then praised Holly, saying: ‘My friends are the best, especially Holly, who has been so kind and wise – and who has hugged me as I sobbed on her shoulder. At ITV, I couldn’t hope to work with more wonderful, supportive teams.’

Last year, Phil and Holly were at the centre of controversy when they were accused of ‘skipping’ the queue to see the Queen’s coffin lying in state.

They later  and stressed they had ‘respected’ the rules set for the media.

Despite criticism from celebrities and fans alike, they went on to , after addressing the outrage on This Morning.

ITV primetime shows

Dancing on Ice came to our screens in 2006, and was the birthplace of the iconic partnership between Phil and Holly.

Holly and Phil also present Dancing on Ice together (Picture: PA)

She left briefly in 2011 and was replaced by Christine Lampard until 2014. When the show returned in 2018 following a brief hiatus Holly was back once more.

In the same year that Dancing on Ice started, he began hosting the British Soap Awards, something that he will continue to do following his This Morning departure.

All-Star Mr & Mrs began in 2009 with Phil and Fern at the helm. When his co-host left in 2010 he continued on his own for six years.

Phil has fronted multiple ITV game shows (Picture: ITV)

From 2009, he also started fronting The Cube – a game show where contestants complete challenges in the confined space for cash prizes. It ended in 2015.

There have been plenty of other game shows too – he presented 5 Gold Rings from 2017, whereby hopefuls have to place a ring over what they think is the correct answer, but as the game progresses the ring gets smaller making it more difficult. The last series aired in 2020.

There was also a short run of You’re Back in the Room between 2015-2016, where contestants were hypnotised and then asked to complete straightforward tasks.