Phillip Schofield’s This Morning departure addressed by hosts
After a year away from broadcasting, Piers Morgan returned to TV after he started his own show on TalkTV, Piers Morgan: Uncensored.
Since his departure from Good Morning Britain, Piers has made his dislike for the channel and how he was treated known.
Phillip Schofield stepped down from his presenting role on This Morning on Saturday, May 20 after rumours of a feud between himself and Holly Willoughby.
Despite many being glad that Phillip quit, Piers was one of the few people who jumped to his defence after the 30-second tribute which was made by This Morning.
On Monday, May 22 stand-in hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary said: “Now we can’t start today’s show without paying tribute to the man whose spent the last two decades sitting on This Morning’s sofa, Phillip Schofield.”
Dermot added: “So, as a show, everyone on and off screen at ITV and This Morning want to say a huge thank you to Phil for what he has done to make the show such a success over the last 21 years.”
Alison concluded: “Quite simply, we all know he is one of the best live broadcasters this country has ever had. We and all of the team wish him all the best for the future.”
Piers was left furious by the tribute and told Times Radio that there is “nothing more ruthless” than the way broadcasters are treated when “the plug gets pulled”.
He added: “Showbiz is a shallow pool of shark-infested waters, one day you’re c**k of the walk, the next you’re a feather duster.
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Piers revealed that he had “some sympathy” for Phil and believed he was “entitled to a better send-off”.
Alison and Dermot will be presenting This Morning for the next two weeks before Holly returns on Monday, June 5 after her half-term break.
In Phil’s statement on Saturday, he explained: “I have always been proud to cover fascinating stories on This Morning. But recently, This Morning itself has become the story.
“Throughout my career in TV – including the very difficult last few days – I have always done my best to be honourable and kind.
“I understand that ITV has decided the current situation can’t go on, and I want to do what I can to protect the show that I love.
“So 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 that has supported me – especially This Morning’s amazing viewers – and I’ll see you all for the Soap Awards next month.”
Despite announcing his involvement in the Soap Awards next month, industry insiders told The Times they would be “extremely surprised” if Phil is seen on ITV after the awards show.
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.
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