Piers Morgan claims Phillip Schofield is struggling after ITV scandal

Piers Morgan admitted Phillip Schofield is still ‘struggling’ after the ITV fallout(Picture: PA; BBC)

Piers Morgan believes Phillip Schofield can ‘bounce back’ from the ITV scandal but admits he’s still ‘struggling.’

It’s been a month since Phillip, 61, admitted to lying about an affair with a much younger male colleague on the show, which happened while he was married and before coming out as gay in 2020.

The Dancing on Ice presenter stepped down from all ITV hosting duties with ‘immediate effect’ after apologising for deceiving his bosses and colleagues when asked if he was romantically involved with the runner.

After Phillip’s bombshell confession, his former co-star Holly Willoughby took to her Instagram stories to say: ‘It’s taken time to process yesterday’s news. When reports of this relationship first surfaced, I asked Phil directly if this was true and was told it was not.

‘It’s been very hurtful to now find out that this was a lie. Holly.’

Talk TV frontman Piers, who previously came to his defence, said: ‘I’ve been in touch with Phillip and I think he’s struggling.’

Schofield quit ITV in full after revealing his ‘unwise but not illegal’ affair (Picture: ITV)

He added to The Sun: ‘It’s tough to leave any big job, let alone when its a big scandal. But he’ll be back. I think he can bounce back.’

In his interview with The Sun, Schofield said he felt suicidal amid the fallout of his confession.

‘I am in a very bad way,’ he said. ‘Mentally, utterly, utterly broken.’

He then explained he was not sleeping or eating and his mind was ‘in constant, utter turmoil’.

‘I do not think I will be able to walk down a street ever again. It is like everybody knows,’ he said.

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The presenter also expressed his devastation upon realising he may never work in TV, which he labelled his ‘safe space’ ever again.

He went on to say that he doesn’t know what his ‘identity’ is anymore.

‘I don’t know who I am now. What happens in six months time? What am I going to do?

‘I have the rest of my life now to try and plan for Steph and the girls, and hope that I can look after them.’

This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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