Phillip Schofield’s biggest controversies – ‘Queuegate’, ambush and ruthless dig

Phillip Schofield’s biggest controversies – ‘Queuegate’, ambush and ruthless dig

May 21, 2023
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    Phillip Schofield has appeared on This Morning with co-host Holly Willoughby for 13 years – and his last show was last week.

    The 61-year-old started his journey in TV working for BBC as a Children's TV presenter before he took over John Leslie and Fern Britton's role on the ITV daytime programme.

    Phillip also hosts Dancing on Ice alongside Holly, The Cube, Mr and Mrs and 5 Gold Rings to name a few.

    READ MORE: This Morning's Phillip Schofield says 'bye bye' as he storms off set after Holly blunder

    While he remains beloved by many following his four decade-long career and is only growing in popularity, however, he has faced a few controversies during his time in the spotlight.

    Holly and Phil's feud

    Phil confirmed he would be leaving This Morning after reports of a feud between he and Holly started to swirl.

    Holly and Phil appeared to have rising tensions in the past few weeks, but were desperately trying to make things seem normal between them on the show.

    Although neither Holly or Phil have addressed their feud, Phil confirmed his departure and told his followers he "agreed" to step down from the show.

    Political ambush on David Cameron

    ITV were forced to take "appropriate disciplinary action" after presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip confronted former Prime Minister David Cameron with a list of alleged peodophiles during an on-air interview.

    Phillip was roundly criticised for showing David the list, which was understood to include Conservative Party figures. An ITV spokesperson confirmed that both ITV and Phillip had apologised for the incident.

    "Last Thursday we began an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the mistake on that day's This Morning programme, for which both Phillip Schofield and ITV apologised," the statement read.

    "We sincerely apologise because the way in which the issue was raised was clearly wrong and should have been handled differently."


    After the death of the late Queen Elizabeth the Second, Holly and Phil filmed a segment for This Morning as the Queen was laid in state.

    It appeared that despite people queuing for hours, including David Beckham and Susanna Reid, Holly and Phil had 'jumped the queue' and fast-tracked their way to the viewing.

    This infuriated people and a petition on to get Phillip and co-host Holly axed from This Morning following the scandal reached almost 79,000 signatures.

    They issued a statement on the show to clarify what had happened, saying: "The rules were that we would be quickly escorted around the edges to a platform at the back,"

    "In contrast, those paying respects walked along a carpeted area beside the coffin and were given time to pause. None of the broadcasters and journalists there took anyone's place in the queue and no one filed past the Queen."

    Ruthless comments

    Back in 2018, Phillip didn't hold back when sharing a snap to his Instagram account.

    Posing in a patterned blue suit in his living room, he shared the picture to his 2.9m followers, adding the caption: "Thank you @davidobrien75 for sourcing my #doubledouble @nooseandmonkey suit #inlove #hit."

    While the majority of fans in the comments gushed over Phil's dapper new look, one fan wasn't too keen on the outfit and decided to share their thoughts with the presenter.

    They wrote: "Sorry Phil, do not like."

    The pointless comment saw a ruthless response from Phil in return, with him brutally replying: "Sorry Jayne do not care."

    Prince Harry dig

    As deliberations over whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would be invited or in attendance at King Charles' coronation later this year continued, Phillip offered his own advice to the young prince.

    A guest on This Morning asked the presenters: "Is he now going to be the go-to guy to talk about being inside the royal family?,"

    To which Holly immediately responded: "I don't think he is!"

    Then Phil chimed in with a savage dig towards Prince Harry, adding: "You would hope that now the line has been drawn, you move on, you shut up and you crack on with your charity work."

    The presenters followed up with a segment urging fans to "be kind" which enraged viewers who spotted the irony of the two conversations.

    'Tone deaf' Spin to Win

    The This Morning Spin to Win game segment garnered 400 Ofcom complaints from viewers slamming both Holly and Phil for the "tone deaf" game, which offered winners money to pay off their bills, which had been increasing due to the cost of living crisis.

    Phil addressed the segment that "everyone's talking about" before saying: "Our boss is incredibly generous and has decided to increase the money to include ALL of your household bills, so that could mean your mortgage, your petrol or your food."

    Once the game ended, the 60-year-old presenter said: "I wonder how much of that they can complain about online," taunting those who had compared it to a "nightmare sequence from a dystopian drama" like Netflix's Black Mirror.

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