Former Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan, 58, has defended ex-This Morning host Phillip Schofield, 61, following the revelation that the ITV star had been involved in an extramarital affair with a much younger male colleague.
It comes after Phillip stepped down from This Morning following reports of a rift between himself and former co-presenter Holly Willoughby, 42.
TalkTV host Piers took to Twitter this morning to weigh in on the revelations that continue to come out about The Dancing On Ice presenter following the dramatic fallout.
He told his 8.4 million followers: “Unless Phillip Schofield’s ex-lover contradicts his version of events to @TheSun and BBC, then it’s time to stop this relentless persecution of a guy who’s lost everything and looks right on the edge to me.
“He doesn’t seem to have committed any crime, and he’s not a Govt minister.” (sic)
Piers also previously defended Phillip following his This Morning exit, while some of his former co-stars were less sympathetic following the news.
After Phillip’s affair admission, he was dropped by his former representative YMU.
Last Thursday, YMU Group parted company with its client and Group CEO Mary Bekhait said: “Honesty and integrity are core values for YMU’s whole business, defining everything
we do. Talent management is a relationship based entirely on trust.
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“This week, we have learned important new information about our client Phillip Schofield.
“These facts contradicted what Phillip had previously told YMU, as well as the external advisors we had brought in to support him.
“As a result, on Thursday we agreed to part company with Phillip, with immediate effect.”
In his statement about the affair, Phillip apologised to his family and former colleagues for misleading them.
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“I did have a consensual on-off relationship with a younger male colleague at This Morning,” he confirmed.
“Contrary to speculation, whilst I met the man when he was a teenager and was asked to help him to get into television, it was only after he started to work on the show that it became more than just a friendship. That relationship was unwise, but not illegal. It is now over.”
He added: “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.”
Read Phillip’s full statement here.
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