Monday 17 April 2023
Both Schofield and co-host Holly Willoughby should have aired together after the former took time off to testify at his brother Timothy’s child molestation conviction.
Phillip responds to his brother’s allegations by saying he “doesn’t have a brother anymore”.
Although Schofield returns as planned, Willoughby is absent after contracting shingles and being off the air for a week.
Wednesday May 10, 2023
The Sun reports that Schofield and Willoughby “hardly talk” as “insiders” claim their relationship has “cooled off” and that the issues have been “circulating for a while”.
Thursday, May 11, 2023
Schofield hails Willoughby as his “rock” but admits “the last few weeks haven’t been easy for any of us.”
Monday, May 15, 2023
Schofield and Willoughby continue to present “This Morning” together, but viewers are concerned about the apparent loss of chemistry between the two, who continue to discuss headlines with neither commenting on an apparent “feud.”
Saturday May 20, 2023
Schofield confirms his departure from This Morning effective immediately after hosting the show for more than 20 years.
Sunday May 21, 2023
Following Schofield’s departure, ITV has confirmed that Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond will take over as moderators for the next episode of This Morning on Monday 22 May.
Meanwhile, Holly Willoughby takes early mid-year leave. She is expected to return to the show on Monday, June 5th.
The couple both commented on Schofield’s departure from the show, with Holly Willoughby saying, “The sofa won’t be the same without him.”
Monday, May 22, 2023
On the first This Morning show since Schofield’s departure, former colleagues Hammond and O’Leary hailed him as “one of the best live television networks this country has ever had.”
Friday, May 26, 2023
Schofield admits to having a relationship with a much younger man who had worked with him on This Morning and later lying about it.
In a bombastic statement to the Daily Mail, the veteran TV presenter admitted he and the man had started a relationship that was more than just friendship. The ex-TV presenter describes this as “unwise, but not illegal”.
He also admitted to lying to The Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail’s sister newspaper, which first exclusively detailed his relationship with the younger man earlier this month.
In his humble apology, Schofield said: “I am making this statement through the Daily Mail, to which I have already personally apologized for misleading a story through my attorney, whom I also misled .” [sic] what you wanted to write about me a few days ago.
The Mail is aware of the younger man’s identity but has chosen not to disclose his name.
Saturday 27 May 2023
In response to Schofield’s testimony about his affair, an ITV spokesman said: “Following our testimony last night, ITV can confirm that ITV investigated when rumors of a relationship between Phillip Schofield and an ITV employee first began to circulate in early 2020 came.
Willoughby vented her anger over the situation on Instagram, saying Phillip lied to her about the affair. “When reports of this relationship first surfaced, I asked Phil directly if that was true and was told it wasn’t,” she wrote on Instagram. “It was very hurtful to now find out that was a lie.”
Sunday May 28, 2023
Former This Morning resident Ranj Singh says “The problems with This Morning go well beyond Schofield” and describes it as “toxic”.
He states he has “taken his concerns straight to the top of ITV” and a spokesman replied that while the broadcaster was “sorry” to hear his comments, an inquiry found there was no evidence of give bullying.
Willoughby replaced Fern Britton as host of This Morning in 2009 and had worked with Schofield until his departure from the show in May 2023
Monday, May 29, 2023
Mr Holmes elaborated on his claims regarding Schofield’s antics, saying: “Thursday was playtime when he and Phillip went into town and then he apparently stayed the night.” Records exist to show he was the closest Brought separately on the day in cars paid for by ITV.
Schofield then took to social media to defend himself and the show he hosted for more than 20 years
Schofield posted on Instagram, “Now that I’m no longer working on This Morning, I’m free to say so.” I hope you’ve noticed that it’s the same few people who have a grudge against me or the show who seem to have the loudest voice. This Morning is the best show to work on, with the best people. “In all the years I worked there, there was no toxicity.”
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Claims surfaced that Schofield’s younger lover received financial compensation from ITV.
According to the Daily Mail, after the on-off relationship ended, he received a payment that Schofield called “unwise but not illegal.”
ITV insiders said bosses must have known about the payment at some level. One added: “There have been numerous payouts at ITV which have always had to be arranged and approved by people with some seniority.”
Wednesday, May 31, 2023
A clip of Schofield drinking whiskey with his younger lover on the set of This Morning has resurfaced.
In the Christmas segment, which aired in 2016, Schofield and Willoughby tried out alternative advent calendars, while Schofield’s lover – who was a runner on ITV – was seen dressed as an elf in the background.
While Schofield was smitten with the “smooth” drink, he turned to his formally dressed lover and asked, “You want some?!”
After taking a sip, the younger man joked, “Let’s smash the elf!”
On May 31, ITV was forced to call in investigators to get to the bottom of the Phillip Schofield scandal.
In a humiliating relegation after a crisis management team meeting, the broadcaster said it was bringing in a lawyer to “perform an external review to establish the facts”, casting doubt on This Morning’s future.
Thursday, June 1, 2023
Jane McDonald is announced as Schofield’s replacement for the British Soap Opera Awards at The Lowry in Salford.
That is now being revealed Schofield is said to be selling the apartment where he spent “Thursday playtime” with his younger lover.
Eamonn Holmes claimed Schofield would take his younger colleague on clandestine rendezvous at the estate before the studio runner departed the following morning in a taxi paid for by ITV
The former This Morning presenter, 61, and his wife Stephanie, 59, are said to have put the “pristine” two-bedroom south London penthouse on the market for £1.2million – the same price they paid in 2012 have built when it was just sold.
A listing appears to show that the asking price has since been reduced by £100,000.
It is also revealed that the former ‘This Morning’ star’s eldest daughter Molly only found out about her father’s testimony to the Daily Mail, in which he admitted about his relationship with the man, just minutes before the story broke to have lied.
Friday June 2, 2023
Phillip Schofield says in a long BBC interview that he is too scared to go out because he fears he will be spat at in the street after leaving the show.
He also announces that he will stop using social media following the aftermath of the affair.
Monday 5 June 2023
Holly Willoughby returns to This Morning for the first time since the affair and says she feels “shaken, troubled, disappointed and concerned” by the events leading up to Phillip Schofield’s departure from the ITV show.
Launching a fresh attack on Phillip Schofield, Eamonn Holmes insists he doesn’t believe the former ITV star’s claim he made “a mistake” in his 40-year career.
Speaking on his GB News programme, Phillip’s former colleague Eamonn demanded: “Anybody who’s watching today and has kissed Phillip Schofield let us know.”
Holly returned to This Morning on Monday in June, making her first appearance on the show since Phillip Schofield’s admission of an affair with a “much younger man”.
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Willoughby appears to snub her former This Morning co-host in a series of social media posts.
The 42-year-old presenter took to her Instagram Stories to post a glowing selfie with temporary co-host Dermot O’Leary.
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
ITV boss Dame Carolyn McCall admits she failed to launch a formal investigation into the Schofield affair when rumors emerged within the broadcaster. The managing director is one of the three broadcasting directors who came under criticism from the Committee for Culture, Media and Sport after the moderator’s departure.
Saturday 26 August 2023
Holly has reportedly spoken to the attorney responsible for the independent investigation into the Schofield scandal.
Saturday 2 September 2023
A trailer for the channel’s new daytime program, which starts on Monday, shows Ms Willoughby smiling for the cameras as she prepares to take a seat on the famous This Morning sofa.
Monday 4 September 2023
Holly returns to This Morning after her long hiatus, with viewers calling the moment “terrifying”.