Phillip Schofield admits ‘career is over’ and he has ‘lost everything’ following affair | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

The TV host opened up on his affair with a younger co-worker at ITV’s This Morning, branding it a “grave error”. In his first interview since his bombshell statement was released last month, Mr Schofield appeared emotional as he said he doubted he would ever make a return to a career in TV following the explosive scandal. Speaking with the BBC‘s Amol Rajan, he said: “I have to talk about television in the past tense, which breaks my heart. I have lost everything.”

His career, he candidly said, is “over”. He also said: “What am I going to do with my days?”

“I see nothing ahead of me but blackness, and sadness, and regret, and remorse, and guilt. I did something very wrong, and then I lied about it consistently.”

The TV host added he was “desperately sorry” and didn’t hide the fact he has been hugely struggling since the scandal exploded.

He said: “Last week, if my daughters hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t be here. 

“They’ve been by my side every moment because they’re scared to let me out of their sight.”

During the interview, Mr Schofield provided more details about the affair, saying he and the unnamed colleague weren’t “boyfriends” and they only had five or six romantic encounters over the course of a few months.

Mr Schofield confirmed he first met the man he would go on to have an affair with when he was invited to appear as part of an event at a drama school several years ago.

They later connected on Twitter, where the TV host was asked by the younger man for advice on working in the TV industry.

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These communications were “completely innocent”, Mr Schofield stressed.

Their affair started “a few months” after the man began working on This Morning and they had “become mates”.

The colleague, Mr Schofield said, was 20 at the time and their first romantic encounter took place in the TV veteran’s ITV dressing room.

Mr Schofield confirmed his This Morning co-star Holly Willoughby “did not know” about the affair, adding: “Nobody knew. Rumours started, and then you lie. When you’ve had a workplace fling, you lie about it.”

He went public with his story when he realised the lie had got “too big for both of us”, moving from online to mainstream news.

Last week, ITV confirmed rumours of a relationship between Mr Schofield and a younger co-worker had begun circulating in 2020 and the broadcaster had looked into them.

However, both parties involved “categorically and repeatedly denied the rumours”, ITV said in a statement.

The broadcaster added: “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.”

Mr Schofield quit ITV after admitting he had been in a “consensual on-off relationship with a younger male colleague at This Morning”. The relationship, he said, was “unwise, but not illegal” and is now over.

Admitting he had previously lied about his affair, he said in the past he hadn’t been “truthful” to protect the now ex-colleague, before adding: “I am painfully conscious that I have lied to my employers at ITV, to my colleagues and friends, to my agents, to the media and therefore the public and most importantly of all to my family. I am so very, very sorry, as I am for having been unfaithful to my wife.”

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