Phillip Schofield’s TV career as he makes huge return a year after This Morning exit

Phillip Schofield

Phillip Schofield began his career in the 80s (Picture: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Phillip Schofield has returned to social media, one year after he finished working at ITV’s This Morning.

The 62-year-old had been presenting the daytime show for over 20 years when ITV announced he would be stepping back from the position.

At the time Schofield said: ‘I have always been proud to cover fascinating stories on This Morning. But recently, This Morning itself has become the story.

‘Throughout my career in TV – including the very difficult last few days – I have always done my best to be honourable and kind.’

Days later, he admitted to having an ‘unwise, but not illegal’ affair with a younger colleague on This Morning.

Phillip discussed his departure in a tell-all interview with the BBC, before stepping away from the spotlight, but today, he posted on Instagram for the first time in a year. Rather than address his absence, the former TV presenter instead decided to post a picture of his dog watching the F1, and wrote: ‘Thankfully Alfie is a big F1 fan.’

Schofield stepped down from This Morning (Picture: Rex)

As Schofield makes his digital return, let’s take a look back at Phil’s career so far…

Children’s TV

Schofield began his UK career on children’s TV in 1985. He’d previously worked in New Zealand on the youth music programme Shazam!

He stayed on CBBC for two years, presenting segments from the ‘broom cupboard’ before moving on to present Going Live! The compilation show included interviews with notable famous faces, music performances and regular gunges.

Phil got his start on children’s TV (Picture: PA)

Schofield has credited his children’s TV beginnings as helping him gain important TV skills.

‘I had great fun in the Broom Cupboard, learning the skills of live TV. If you can introduce Newsround with a fluffy Gopher squeaking next to you, you can handle anything,’ he told ITV.

Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat

In the final series of Going Live! Schofield left to take on the titular role in the West End’s Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat. He took over in 1992 from Jason Donovan and remained in the production for five years.

Phil played Joseph for five years (Picture: Getty Images)

Speaking to the Irish Independent he said: ‘It was such an extraordinary time of my life, it was a bizarre thing to even be asked to do because it was so far away from what I ever planned or thought about doing and the risks were enormous if I had got it wrong.’

This Morning

In 2002, Schofield took a seat on the sofa of This Morning with original co-host Fern Britton, taking over from John Leslie. Holly took the reins in 2009, and the pair became a loved duo.

Fern Britton was Phil’s original This Morning co-host (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)

He had a big personal moment on the show in 2020. After coming out as gay on Instagram he appeared on This Morning.

‘This is not something that’s happened quickly. I’ve had …read more

Source:: Metro


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