Phillip Schofield says This Morning is ‘hanging by the skin of its teeth’ amid coronavirus outbreak

Phillip Schofield has hinted that the This Morning show could be shutdown in the near future as coronavirus continues to sweep the country.

Speaking on their usual morning show and holding on to a selection of yellow pages, the 47 year old and his co-host Holly Willoughby, 38, could be seen speaking about the different TV show's that have been forced to change their schedules or the way they film.

Philip said: "Saturday Night Takeaway, for the first time ever, will go out on Saturday night without an audience. It's just, umm, it'll be a very different show without any noise.

"We've also just heard that EastEnders has postponed filming until further notice. They've said, 'In light of the spread of covid-19 and after much consideration, it's been decided that filming EastEnders will be postponed until further notice."

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"That goes for Casualty, Holby and Doctors," he said as everyone replied in unison: "Wow."

The TV presenter, who recently admitted he knew he was gay when he married Stephanie Lowe 27 years ago, continued: "It's bound to happen, I mean everyone – we're all holding on by the skin of our teeth."

Another show to be affected by the coronavirus is Celebrity Juice, which suddenly told the audience to leave while filming after Prime Minister Boris Johnson's recent announcement about social distancing.

Among those who fled the set was Holly, who immediately left the studio after her pal Keith Lemon said he was feeling under the weather.

The blonde-beauty allegedly felt it was best to stay away from the set amid the Coronavirus outbreak currently sweeping the globe.

Keith, whose real name is Leigh Francis, said he was running a high temperature and had a cough before filming his usual show.

But doctors, who checked all his symptoms, gave him the go-ahead to continue filming. While the cameras rolled on, the government issued new regulations urging the UK public to practice social distancing and avoid all public areas, including pubs and clubs.

Upon hearing this, producers took immediate action and the episode Keith, 46, was filming came to an abrupt halt.


The Sun reported that the comedian had a temperature and was coughing. After the show stopped, Keith reportedly told his fans: "I probably won't give you a high five in case I give you what I've got.

"I'm just a bit dizzy, as I say, achey and got a little cough but not worth talking about. I'm just really tired. I keep getting hot and cold."

However, an audience member later hit out at the TV star, saying they didn't think it was appropriate for him to be on set while having symptoms associated with the coronavirus.

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They told the publication: "Keith casually announced he had a fever of 38 degrees but soldiered on.

“He had close contact with some members of the audience and very close contact with his colleagues.

“We were appalled he came in to film with a very large studio audience, some of whom have severe health problems such as myself, and some were elderly.”

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