Eamonn Holmes, who formerly presented on ITV’s This Morning, has accused fellow presenter Phillip Schofield of “toxicity” and claimed there was a “total cover-up” over his affair with a younger male colleague while he was married. Schofield recently admitted to the unwise affair but denied there was any toxicity on the show. However, Holmes hit back at Schofield’s comments, stating that the toxicity lies with him and those in authority who covered up the affair. Holmes also accused Schofield of lying to people at ITV, senior management, fellow presenters, his agency, and the media.
ITV said it conducted an investigation in early 2020 when rumors of the relationship first surfaced, but found no evidence beyond hearsay and rumor. Both parties denied the rumors, including Schofield’s agency YMU. ITV also spoke to various people who worked on This Morning but found no evidence of the relationship. Despite this, Holmes claims that those in authority knew what was going on and thought they could dodge a bullet with a cover-up.
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This Morning’s former resident doctor, Dr. Ranj Singh, has also spoken out about the show’s “toxic” culture, claiming he raised concerns about “bullying and discrimination” two years ago when he worked there. He says he felt like he was “managed out” for whistleblowing.
Schofield recently quit This Morning after more than 20 years, stating that the show had “become the story” following reports of a feud with co-host Holly Willoughby. However, the controversy over his affair has raised doubts about Willoughby’s and the show’s future. Schofield has now completely resigned from ITV and been dropped by his agents.