Awkward Phillip Schofield gulps and clenches his jaw as Suranne Jones discusses ‘getting away with a double life and lying’ in This Morning chat just THREE DAYS before he quit over affair
Phillip Schofield appeared visibly uncomfortable during a chat with Suranne Jones about ‘double lives’ on This Morning just three days before he quit the show.
The disgraced presenter, 61, clenched his jaw and gulped as he spoke to the Gentleman Jack star, 44, on 17 May, before he stepped down as presenter on 20 May when his affair with a ‘much younger’ colleague came to light.
Speaking about her new show Maryland in the resurfaced video, Suranne said: ‘The logistics of a double life fascinate me and how someone gets away with having two separate lives and basically lying on such a huge scale.’
As she spoke about the show, which follows two sisters discovering their murdered mother’s double life, Phillip appeared extremely strained as his eyes widened slightly while he appeared to gulp and clench his jaw with his hands clenched at his knees.
Suranne’s comments seem to cause a visceral reaction in the star shortly before the true story behind his affair came to light and a number of other resurfaced videos showed Phillip with his younger lover on screen.
Stop: Phillip Schofield appeared visibly uncomfortable during a chat with Suranne Jones about ‘double lives’ on This Morning just three days before he quit the show
Shock: The disgraced presenter, 61, clenched his jaw and gulped as he spoke to the Gentleman Jack star, 44, on 17 May, before he stepped down as presenter on 20 May when his affair with a ‘much younger’ colleague came to light
Three days after the Suranne interview, he quit ITV after admitting to the Mail that he lied about an ‘unwise but not illegal’ affair with a much younger man.
He also apologised to his wife of almost 30 years, Stephanie Lowe, who stood by him after he came out as gay in 2020.
In a statement on Monday, Phillip slammed ‘a handful of people’ with ‘persistently loud voices’ – and refuted claims of a ‘toxic’ culture at This Morning.
In a statement posted on Instagram, he wrote: ‘Now I no longer work on This Morning I am free to say this. I hope you have noticed that it’s the same handful of people with a grudge against me or the show who seem to have the loudest voice.
Uncomfortable: Speaking about her new show Maryland in the resurfaced video, Suranne said: ‘The logistics of a double life fascinate me and how someone gets away with having two separate lives and basically lying on such a huge scale’
Out: In a statement on Monday, Phillip slammed ‘a handful of people’ with ‘persistently loud voices’ – and refuted claims of a ‘toxic’ culture at This Morning
‘This Morning IS the best show to work on, with the best people. In all the years I worked there there was no toxicity. You can listen to those persistently loud voices if you like.
‘But the thousands of guests over the years, thousands of staff and crew, hundreds of presenters and contributors all know it, it IS a family of wonderful, talented, kind, hard, working people.’
It comes after Dr Ranj Singh, who was a regular guest on This Morning, accused the show of having a ‘toxic’ culture of bullying and discrimination, adding that he had taken his concerns to ‘the top’ but felt he had been ‘managed out’ and was dropped from screens.
After Schofield issued his statement insisting there had been ‘no toxicity’ at This Morning, his former co-star Eamonn Holmes branded him ‘delusional’.
Shock: He quit ITV on Friday after admitting to the Mail that he lied about an ‘unwise but not illegal’ affair with a much younger man
READ MORE: More photos of Schofield and his younger ex-lover emerge
Holmes – who previously helped present This Morning but now works for GB News – issued a scathing response to the statement and said that if Schofield was ‘looking for a fight’ he had ‘picked on the wrong person’.
The 63-year-old tweeted: ‘Schofield has just put out a delusional statement. Like Holly he puts it on Insta Stories so if it goes wrong there is no record after 24 hrs. I’m reluctant to give the liar any more publicity but believe me Pip if u r looking for a fight , u have picked on the wrong person!’
Holmes has been critic of Schofield for a number of years, believing he would get his ‘comeuppance’ for the way he’s treated others – including wife Ruth Langsford.
He and Schofield were never close, but appreciated each other’s broadcasting styles and worked professionally alongside each other.
But all that changed in 2019, when Langsford filed an official complaint against Schofield after being cut off mid-link by the presenter as she was explaining what was coming up on the show during a mini-segment on This Morning.
Schofield said: ‘Guys, we’re going to have to jump in there and stop you I’m afraid because we’re a bit tight for time at this end. Thank you, Ruth.’
A clearly unimpressed Langsford responded: ‘Well I only had about two more words to say,’ and looked away from the camera.
Speaking about the incident in the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine in February 2022, Holmes went public in his condemnation for Schofield, saying his wife is one of many people in the industry to be ‘snubbed’ by the presenter.
Timeline of the Phillip Schofield scandal
September 2022 – Schofield and Willoughby are criticised for failing to queue for the Queen’s Lying in State.
April 2023 – Phillip is absent from This Morning for two weeks while his brother Timothy, 54, is tried at Exeter Crown Court of sexually abusing a teenage boy.
April 3 – Timothy is found guilty of ’emotionally blackmailing’ the teenager into performing sex acts and watching porn with him.
May 10 – Reports emerge Phillip and Holly are ‘barely speaking’, but a day later he issues a statement calling Holly ‘my rock’.
May 15 – The pair present a united front while presenting This Morning, but rumours of a feud continue. The pair are said to have fallen out due to Phillip’s failure to warn Holly of his brother’s assault trial.
May 20 – Schofield announces he is stepping down from This Morning with ‘immediate effect’.
May 22 – Stand-in presenters Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond pay tribute to their former colleague as ‘one of the best live television broadcasters this country has ever had’.
May 26 – Schofield releases a statement admitting he’d had an affair with a ‘much younger’ colleague but then lied about it.
May 27 – Holly blasts Phillip for lying to her.
May 28 – This Morning’s former resident doctor Dr Ranj Singh hits out at the show’s ‘toxic’ culture.
May 29 – Schofield releases a statement denying claims the show had a toxic culture, only from Eamonn Holmes to slam him as ‘delusional’ in a tweet.
He said: ‘Phillip is renowned for snubbing people. He’s very passive-aggressive. It’s up to Ruth to say how she felt, but I was feeling hurt for her. No one would have snubbed me like that.’
He added. ‘I don’t go for presenters who think they have a special privilege or aura or influence.’
Willoughby, his co-host of 13 years, said in a brief statement on Saturday that she asked Scofield directly if the news about the affair was true, and after his denial it had been ‘very hurtful to now find out that this was a lie’.
Today, the show’s stand-in hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary tried to put a lid on the backlash with a brief aside before the daily review of the newspapers – which have splashed the row over their front pages.
Addressing the elephant in the room, Dermot said: ‘We all know we happen to be in the news at the moment and of course we appreciate that. But just from both of us, the crew and the whole team downstairs, we love making this show for you.’
Alison added: ‘Yes, we really do and that’s exactly what we’re going to do, we’re going to continue doing that. Let’s go on with our first news story.’
Guest Gyles Brandreth also made his view clear, telling the hosts: ‘We’re very happy to be here, can I say that?
‘This is a happy place to work, I enjoy coming in here. We are happy people in a happy place with interesting stories.’
The Mail on Sunday told how Schofield was in his late 40s when he first met his lover as he gave a talk to a North-West theatre school. At the time the younger man was 15 and he asked the TV veteran if he would help him land a job in showbusiness. At the age of 18, the teen moved to London and worked on This Morning, at which point they struck up an ‘on-off’ relationship.
And the Mail revealed that while ITV insists that it held an investigation into the men’s relationship when rumours began to circulate in 2020, it is claimed the host’s former lover was not quizzed over the matter.
Calls for an independent inquiry into the scandal gathered pace, with ITV’s most senior bosses under increasing pressure to admit what they knew and when about Schofield’s relationship.
The ex-lover has vowed to not lie about the relationship, which Schofield described as ‘unwise but not illegal’ but has left his 38-year TV career in tatters.
Schofield quit ITV after admitting he lied about an ‘unwise but not illegal’ affair. Holly Willoughby said in a brief statement it had been ‘very hurtful to now find out that this was a lie’
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