Phillip Schofield has announced his exit from This Morning, effective immediately, following rumors of a rift with co-host Holly Willoughby. ITV confirmed that Schofield will no longer be presenting the show after his last appearance on Thursday. The presenter, who has been with the show since 2002, leaves behind Willoughby as the sole host alongside other presenters.
It had been reported that Schofield and Willoughby had a strained relationship off camera and barely spoke to each other. The former presenter went on record to explain his decision to leave in an honorable and kind manner, stating that he wants to protect the show he loves. He hopes that This Morning will move forward with a bright future.
Willoughby expressed her gratitude towards Schofield for his vast knowledge, experience and humor, and assured fans that the sofa will not feel the same without him. Viewers had noticed strained moments between the two presenters throughout the week, adding fuel to the alleged feud.