Phillip Schofield’s ITV departure leaves shows without a presenter

Phillip Schofield’s ITV departure leaves shows without a presenter

May 27, 2023

Phillip Schofield’s This Morning departure addressed by hosts

Phillip Schofield stepped down from his presenting role on This Morning after 21 years when rumours circulated that he and co-star, Holly Willoughby, were feuding behind the scenes.

He has since admitted to having an affair with a younger male colleague of This Morning and resigned from his ITV contract with immediate effect.

Phillip has also been dropped by his talent agency YMU after the affair, which Phillip insisted was not illegal.

In a statement, ITV accepted his resignation and explained how they were “deeply disappointed” by the host’s “deceit”.

Mary Bekhait, the Group CEO of Phillip’s agency YMU Group added: “Talent management is a relationship based entirely on trust. As a result, on Thursday we agreed to part company with Phillip, with immediate effect.”

Adding to the statement, Phillip has said: “It is with the most profound regret that after 35 years of being faultlessly managed by YMU, I have agreed to step down from their representation with immediate effect.”

After quitting his relationship with ITV, many of the prime-time TV shows are now without a presenter.


Phillip and Holly have presented the ITV talent show Dancing on Ice since 2006 and has been a huge hit with viewers.

However, since his affair revelations speculation has begun as to who will replace Phillip alongside Holly when the new series airs in January 2024.

An ITV spokesperson told “Dancing On Ice isn’t due on ITV until January 2024 and the series is not currently in production.”

“Further announcements” about the show, including the presenter line-up will be announced in “due course”.

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The British Soap Awards celebrate the biggest soap storylines across the years and the supporting actors who made the stories come to life.

Phillip was meant to be hosting the awards which take place next weekend, but said in his recent statement that he would be stepping down from the role, which was going to be his last ITV commitment.

He said: “I am so very, very sorry, as I am for having been unfaithful to my wife, I have therefore decided to step down from the British Soap Awards.

“My last public commitment, and am resigning from ITV with immediate effect expressing my immense gratitude to them for all the amazing opportunities that they have given me.”

ITV added to the news and told the Mirror: “The British Soap Awards will take place next Saturday as planned, and we will make further announcements regarding the ceremony in due course.”


Phillip fronted the ITV daytime show for 21 years and has been joined by many co-stars over the years.

Thursday, May 18 was Phillip’s last appearance on the show, as the following Saturday he revealed he would no longer be presenting the show.

In a statement he wrote on his Instagram stories, he said: “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.”

Holly will return to her role on June 5 after her extended half-term break, but news as to who will permanently replace Phillip is yet to be announced.

Good Morning Britain presenter Ben Shephard is the new odds-on favourite at 4/5 with bookmaker Coral to replace Phillip.

Coral’s John Hill said: “Ben Shephard is no stranger to morning television, as he has been one of the faces of Good Morning Britain for the last nine years.

“If our odds are correct, he may be set to get a few more hours in bed in the morning, as we make him the new frontrunner to replace Phillip Schofield on the 10am show on ITV.”

Closely following Ben is Dermot O’Leary at 2/1, with Alison Hammond and Rylan Clark standing at 3/1.


Other shows that Phillip used to front were game shows The Cube, 5 Gold Rings, and All-Star Mr and Mrs.

ITV stopped producing The Cube in 2022 and told TV Zone last year: “There are no immediate plans for The Cube to return this year, however, its doors are not closed.”

5 Gold Rings was cancelled in 2021 after the COVID-19 pandemic made production “difficult” to continue filming.

An insider told Daily Star back in 2021: “Execs have decided not to commission another series of 5 Gold Rings. It won’t be back on TV this autumn like it normally would and there are currently no plans to bring it back in the future.”

All-Star Mr & Mrs was another show hosted by the presenter but aired between 2008 and 2016. It was also an ITV show.

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