Phillip Schofield has issued a statement following speculation that the star is feuding with his This Morning co-star Holly Willoughby.
Now, Schofield is a well-known British television presenter, known for his charismatic personality and versatility in front of the camera. He first rose to fame in the late 1980s as the co-host of the children’s programme, Going Live!, before going on to host various other shows including Dancing on Ice. Schofield quickly became a household name in the UK, and is loved by many for his quick wit and ability to connect with his audience.
Aside from his work on television, Schofield has also dabbled in other areas of the entertainment industry. He has even appeared in a number of stage productions, including Doctor Dolittle and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He even released a single of his rendition of ‘Close Every Door’, which peaked at number twenty-seven on the UK charts.
Schofield has also been involved in various charitable causes, including his work with the Prince’s Trust and the Teenage Cancer Trust.
However, what Schofield is undoubtedly best known for is his work on This Morning. The star has been co-host of the show since 2002, and has been parners in crime with Holly Willoughby since she joined in 2009.
Recently, though, fans have been thinking something has been up between the pair. It comes after the pair faced heavy criticism for not joining the queue for the Queen’s lying in state back in September.
Insiders recently told The Sun that Schofield and Willoughby barely speak off camera, describing their fourteen year relationship as having ‘cooled’.
A source said of the pair: “Holly adores This Morning and for the first time in fourteen years she has made it clear that should Phil ever leave she would want to stay. They are separate entities.
“To those around them on set, it has become clear recently that Holly and Phil are not as close as they once were.
“Professionally you would have no idea there was anything going on because on camera they are acting exactly the same.
“But behind the scenes their relationship has cooled.
“Before there would be a lot of banter and camaraderie off camera but that has dwindled.”
Schofield has responded to the rumours by releasing a statement of his own, addressing the tensions.
He wrote: “As I have said before, Holly is my rock.
“We’re the best of friends — as always, she is an incredible support on screen, behind the scenes and on the phone.
“Holly has always been there for me, through thick and thin. And I’ve been there for her.
“The last few weeks haven’t been easy for either of us.”
The statement comes after Schofield took much of March off as his brother went to trial over child s*x offences. He was convicted and is due to be sentenced next week.
Schofield’s statement went on to address this: “My family went through a real ordeal.
“And Holly’s support throughout meant the world to me, as did the support of my bosses at ITV, my editor Martin Frizell and the whole This Morning family, including our amazing viewers.
“And of course Holly has herself been ill with shingles.
“Whatever happens, we still have each other to count on.”