Phillip Schofield will no longer appear on ITV (Picture: REX/ITV)
Phillip Schofield has been a household name for decades, having built a strong relationship with ITV in particular, fronting several shows for the channel.
However, he will no longer be appearing on the channel, having announced on Friday (May 26) that he had stepped down with ‘immediate effect’.
His bombshell announcement came as he admitted to having an affair with a much younger male colleague at This Morning, which took place while he was married to his wife and before he came out as gay.
Phil said although the relationship was ‘unwise’, it was ‘not illegal’, but apologised to his family, as well as to ITV bosses for lying about the matter.
It remains unclear what Phil’s future in TV looks like, but the status of many programmes also look to be in stages of uncertainty, as slots open for presenters to take over from Phil.
The following ITV shows are what he was most known for in recent years…
He started hosting This Morning initially with Ferne Britton (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)
Phil fronted the popular daytime show for more than 20 years, enjoying a longer small-screen shelf-life than many other presenters, thanks in part to his chemistry with Holly Willoughby.
In 2002, he was given the job on This Morning after John Leslie was sacked.
He initially shared the sofa with Fern Britton, who later quit, and Holly became Phil’s on-screen wife’.
Phil had many memorable moments on the This Morning sofa, such as in February 2020, just before the Covid lockdown, when he came out as gay in an emotional on-air chat with Holly.
His wife Stephanie Lowe later told The Sun she supported her husband of 30 years’ ‘brave step’ and ‘always will’ love him.
She also said: ‘Our family has also been so supportive and will help us going forward.’
However, his time on the show was also engulfed by several controversies.
Phil left the show earlier this month amid rumours of a ‘fallout’ with Holly Willoughby (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
The co-hosts faced criticism in September last year over claims they skipped the queue for the Queen’s lying in state while attending as members of the media to film a segment for the programme.
Most recently, he and Holly became the topic of conversation themselves when rumours started flying that they were ‘barely speaking’ behind the scenes.
Reports of a ‘fallout’ led to a frosty atmosphere on set, with Holly taking an early half-term break and Phil ultimately stepping down from the show completely earlier this month.
It remains unclear who will take his space, but Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary – who present on Fridays – are hot favourites.
The Cube was placed on hold after the pandemic (Picture: ITV)
The Cube ran for 11 series with Phil at the helm.
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