Phillip Schofield’s former lover, who worked as a runner on This Morning, was allegedly paid off by ITV when their on-off relationship, which the presenter described as “unwise but not illegal”, came to an end.
The undisclosed sum was reportedly handed to Phil’s much younger ex after he declared his love for the now-61-year-old at an awards ceremony in January 2020.
The man was then removed from This Morning and promoted to a new job on Loose Women.
He no longer works there.
A source claimed to the Daily Mail: “There have been numerous pay-offs at ITV and they have always had to be arranged and sanctioned by people of some seniority.”
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Express.co.uk has contacted ITV for comment.
Phillip confessed to the consensual affair last week after years of covering it up.
The presenter admitted to previously lying to his ITV colleagues, agents and family.
In a statement, Phillip said the individual was “a teenager” at the time of their meeting when he had been “asked to help him to get into television”.
He added that it was only “after he started to work on the show that it became more than just a friendship”.
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He emphasised that he was “very, very sorry” as the affair had occurred during his marriage to Stephanie Lowe, whom he married in 1993.
On Monday evening, former This Morning host and current GB News anchor Eamonn Holmes, 63, gave a bombshell interview about the revelations.
He claimed to Dan Wootton that Phillip would “hit the town” for “playtime” with the staff member on Thursday nights.
The Northern Irish presenter also alleged that the young runner would be taxied to work the following day in “cars paid for by ITV”.
Eamonn said: “I’ve subsequently found out from a very, very good source, because [Phil’s ex] would arrive much earlier in the morning than I would for the programme, that he was delivered from Phillip’s London home.”
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When asked whether the broadcaster would have known about the transportation, Eamonn responded: “Unless Phillip paid the bills separately,” adding: “It would still have to go through the accounts office.”
ITV said in a previous statement that an investigation was launched into rumours of a relationship between Phillip and the young man in early 2020.
They said: “Both parties were questioned and both categorically and repeatedly denied the rumours as did Phillip’s then agency YMU.
“In addition, ITV spoke to a number of people who worked on This Morning and were not provided with, and did not find, any evidence of a relationship beyond hearsay and rumour.
“Phillip’s statement yesterday reveals that he lied to people at ITV, from senior management to fellow presenters, to YMU, to the media and to others over this relationship.”
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