Phillip Schofield ‘didn’t tell ITV co-workers about brother’s sex abuse trial’

ITV staff have reportedly claimed that they were "unaware" of Phillip Schofield's brother's child sex abuse trial.

Ahead of Timothy Schofield's trial, it was claimed that presenter Phillip reportedly asked This Morning bosses to keep the news of the case "largely quiet."

Staff have also told the Daily Mail that the trial was "far from common knowledge" and they claimed that "only a very small number of senior staff were aware of the looming court case."

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A source said: "It is amazing, and a testament to the bosses' loyalty, that this was all kept quiet from us.

"Rumours did eventually start to swirl but it was just not discussed," they added before explaining that the work environment is "gossip central" and saw the news "spread like wildfire".

Phillip disowned his brother after the verdicts, describing Timothy's crimes as "despicable" and adding "I no longer have a brother".

At the start of the week, Alison Hammond joined Holly Willoughby in Phillip's hosting spot, stating that he was "having a week off".

"Hello, good morning and welcome to your Monday's This Morning," she said. "Phillip is having the week off so all the adults have left the building and Alison has come!"

On Monday and Tuesday, Alison took over, while Joel Dommett from The Masked Singer joined Holly on Thursday and Friday.

Holly and Phillip have now taken their usual break from the show due to the Easter Holidays.

On Monday, news broke that Phil's brother Timothy Schofield was in court facing allegations he sexually abused a teenage boy over three years.

The trial, which took place at Exeter Crown Court, saw Timothy found guilty of all 11 allegations and he is on remand in custody ahead of his sentencing.

Phillip released a statement after the verdict, which read: "My overwhelming concern is and has always been for the wellbeing of the victim and his family.

"I hope that their privacy will now be respected. If any crime had ever been confessed to me by my brother, I would have acted immediately to protect the victim and their family.

"These are despicable crimes, and I welcome the guilty verdicts. As far as I am concerned, I no longer have a brother."

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