Phillip Schofield, who spent more than 20 years working as a host on This Morning, has made the decision to step down from the ITV morning show after hosting his final segment on Thursday, May 18.
We Had a Good Run
For 20 years, Schofield and Holly Willoughby co-hosted the multi-award winning program.
He will now continue to host ITV’s high-profile programs, such as the upcoming British Soap Awards and a brand-new primetime drama.
With over 2,000 visitors per year stopping by the This Morning studio, the program is the most watched daytime program on a commercial channel.
Willoughby will continue to co-present on This Morning with other members of the This Morning crew. She will return to This Morning on Monday, June 5, after taking an early half-term break beginning on Monday, May 22.
Farewell, my Friend.
“I have always been proud to cover fascinating stories on This Morning. But recently, This Morning itself has become the story,” Schofield said.
“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 who has supported me – especially This Morning’s amazing viewers – and I’ll see you all for the Soap Awards next month.”
Willoughby, who co-hosted the program with Schofield for the first time on September 14, 2009, said:
“I want to take this opportunity to thank Phil for all of his expertise, experience, and humor. It’s been over 13 amazing years presenting This Morning with Phil. Without him, the sofa won’t feel the same.
“Phillip is without a doubt one of the best broadcasters of his generation, and we thank him for his two decades of absolutely fantastic television on the This Morning sofa,” said Kevin Lygo, managing director of media and entertainment at ITV.
One of the best and most dedicated teams in television produces more than 12 hours of live television each week for “This Morning.”
“We look forward to continuing our relationship with Phillip, starting with The British Soap Awards in June and a brand new peak time series to come.”
Philip Schofield is a renowned British television presenter, known for his charismatic on-screen presence and versatility. Born in 1962, he has had a successful career spanning over four decades.
Schofield gained popularity as the host of children’s TV programs like “Going Live!” and “The Broom Cupboard.” He later transitioned into mainstream television, where he hosted shows such as “This Morning” and “Dancing on Ice.”
Schofield’s warm and engaging personality has endeared him to millions of viewers, making him a beloved figure in the industry. He has also been open about his personal struggles, courageously coming out as gay in 2020, earning admiration for his honesty and bravery.