Holly Willoughby’s full statement: Presenter opens her return to This Morning by addressing Phillip Schofield’s ITV exit and affair with ‘much younger man’
- Presenter’s full statement as she returns for first time since Schofield departure
Holly Willoughby has made an emotional return to This Morning, saying she felt ‘shaken, troubled, let down and worried’ about the events that led to Phillip Schofield’s departure from the ITV programme.
Willoughby, 42, appeared on screen for the first time following the shock departure of her former co-host and close friend Schofield and his subsequent revelation of an affair with a younger ITV male employee.
Read her statement in full below.
Holly Willoughby has returned to This Morning for the first time since Phillip Schofield’s admission of an affair with a ‘much younger man’
‘Hi there. Good morning. Josie (Gibson), thank you for being here.
Right, deep breath.
Firstly, are you OK? It feels very strange indeed sitting here without Phil.
And I imagine that you might have been feeling a lot like I have – shaken, troubled, let down, worried for the wellbeing of people on all sides of what’s been going on, and full of questions.
You, me and all of us at This Morning gave our love and support to someone who was not telling the truth, who acted in a way that they themselves felt that they had to resign from ITV, and step down from a career that they loved.
That is a lot to process.
And it’s equally hard to see the toll that it’s taken on their own mental health.
I think what unites us all now is a desire to heal for the health and wellbeing of everyone.
I hope that, as we start this new chapter and get back to a place of warmth and magic that this show holds for all of us, we can find strength in each other.
And, from my heart, can I just say thank you for all of your kind messages.
And thank you for being here this morning.
Myself, Josie (Gibson), Dermot (O’Leary), Alison (Hammond), Craig (Doyle), and every single person that works on this show will continue to work hard every single day to bring you this show that we love.’