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This Morning boss says 'scores are being settled' after Phillip Schofield claims he's 'lost everything'
3 June 2023, 18:35 | Updated: 3 June 2023, 18:56
Phillip Schofield's former boss has claimed that ex-colleagues are 'settling scores' after the former This Morning host said he has 'lost everything' in the wake of his TV exit.
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Martin Frizell told reporters outside his home on Saturday that they ought to "read between the lines" in media coverage surrounding the scandal-struck morning programme.
Mr Frizell said: “I am working with a fantastic team of mainly women, many mums, a lot of them concerned for their jobs, although we’ve told them not to be.
“But this is the 23rd day now of being on the front page and it’s tiring, they worked all through Covid brilliantly, they worked all through this putting a programme out…and I just think they need a bit of respite now.”
Ex-colleagues Holly Willoughby, Alison Hammond, Dermot O'Leary, Eamonn Holmes and Dr Ranj Singh have all made public comments in the wake of Schofield's exit.
The comments came after Schofield said he was having suicidal thoughts in the wake of his acrimonious exit from This Morning.
He told the BBC on Friday: “I don’t have any spirit. My friends tell me, ‘It will get better’. It won’t. Not now. Not this one.
“I am getting by hour by hour. I have got my girls and my friends.
“Last week, if my daughters hadn’t been there then I wouldn’t be here."
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Schofield resigned from ITV last week and was dropped by his talent agency YMU after admitting to a "consensual on-off relationship with a younger male colleague at This Morning".
He said the tryst was "unwise, but not illegal".
The affair took place before Schofield publicly came out as gay in 2020, and while he was still married to wife Stephanie Lowe, whom he wed in 1993.
The presenter had denied the relationship when questioned by the broadcaster about rumours in 2020.
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