Sun. Feb 25th, 2024

    Lorraine Kelly reveals she was ‘heartbroken’ when Phillip Scofield’s career ended but says ‘he will be fine’ in wake of affair scandal

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    Lorraine Kelly has claimed that fellow TV star Phillip Schofield has been on a difficult time after revealing his affair with a younger colleague.

    The TV personality, 64, hosts a weekly chat show which airs just before ITV’s This Morning, which was presented by Phillip and Holly Willoughby for more than a decade.

    In May last year, Phillip resigned from ITV and was sacked by his talent agency after admitting the “reckless, but not illegal” relationship.

    Lorraine told The Sunday Times Magazine: ‘I felt heartbroken when all that happened. It is a shame that the incredible career he has had ends like this.”

    She called him “generous,” unlike other male TV hosts, and said she thinks “everyone lost their minds a little bit” during the media furor.

    Lorraine Kelly has claimed that fellow TV star Phillip Schofield has been struggling after revealing his affair with a younger colleague.

    Lorraine told The Sunday Times Magazine: ‘I felt heartbroken when all that happened. It is a shame that the incredible career he has had ends like this.”

    Lorraine said: “It’s okay and it will be okay, but it’s hard.”

    He added that he finds “the whole rogue culture very sad and quite depressing”, and that there are people in the entertainment industry who are “happy to see someone’s downfall”.

    Lorraine also said she believes “there’s a tabloid story on the front page” about everyone, including her.

    In May last year, Phillip, 61, stopped presenting the magazine show after 20 years with his best friend Holly, when their affair became public.

    He retreated from the spotlight in recent months. After much speculation about his private life, his affair finally became public and he admitted he had been left “devastated and embarrassed” but insisted he was not a hairdresser.

    Phillip told The Sun in June that he was afraid to leave the house and the consequences had had a “catastrophic effect” on his mind.

    She also told the BBC’s Amol Rajan that her daughters had “protected me and would not let me out of their sight” amid fears for her mental health.

    An ITV external review published a report last year saying Phillip had “reluctantly refused” to take part due to the “risk to his health”.

    In May last year, Phillip resigned from ITV and was sacked by his talent agency after admitting the “reckless, but not illegal” relationship.

    Holly left the show after 14 years on the couch, saying she made the “decision for me and my family.”

    It found that the broadcaster made “considerable efforts” to uncover the truth about an alleged relationship between Schofield and a jogger on This Morning in 2019, but was “unable to uncover the relevant evidence” until its admission in 2023.

    Lorraine also told The Sunday Times Magazine that it’s “really lovely” that Holly is back on TV screens for Dancing On Ice after leaving This Morning last October.

    Holly left the show after 14 years on the couch, saying she made “the decision for me and my family.”

    He continues to present Dancing On Ice, where he was joined by Deal Or No Deal host Stephen Mulhern as Schofield’s replacement.

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