Phillip Schofield joked about ‘getting away’ with things when asked by his younger lover where he saw himself in the future.
The presenter’s lover was working as an ITV production assistant at the time, and in a showreel filmed in 2014 the pair are seen joking with one another about Schofield’s long career on This Morning.
In the video seen by MailOnline, the 61-year-old presenter jokes that he ‘can’t find a way out’ of presenting This Morning after having hosted the show for 12 years at the time.
The clip then cuts to Schofield’s lover musing about what ‘we’ll both be doing’ in three years time, to which the presenter replies: ‘Well, if I’m still getting away with it, I’ll be a happy man.’
The video ends with the production assistant sitting on the famous This Morning sofa alongside Holly Willoughby as he asks her what she makes of his presenting skills.
‘If I’m still getting away with it, I’ll be a happy man’: Phillip Schofield’s comments to his younger lover have resurfaced in an ominous video (Phillip pictured with his lover and Holly Willoughby)
Willoughby quips: ‘Well that was very good, actually. Tell you what, don’t get too comfy sitting on this sofa – if Phil spots you after that there’ll be trouble.’
As the production assistant jokes, ‘There you go, watch out Scofe’, Schofield jokingly replies: ‘Oi, you b*****d!’
Schofield quit ITV this month after admitting to the Mail that he lied about an ‘unwise but not illegal’ affair with a much younger man.
He also apologised to his wife of almost 30 years, Stephanie Lowe, who stood by him after he came out as gay in 2020.
Willoughby, his co-host of 13 years, said in a brief statement on Saturday that she asked Scofield directly if the news about the affair was true, and after his denial it had been ‘very hurtful to now find out that this was a lie’.
The Mail on Sunday told how Schofield was in his late 40s when he first met his lover as he gave a talk to a North-West theatre school. At the time the younger man was 15 and he asked the TV veteran if he would help him land a job in showbusiness. At the age of 18, the teen moved to London and worked on This Morning, at which point they struck up an ‘on-off’ relationship.
The fallout from Schofield’s affair has widened as the host’s former lover claimed he had not been quizzed about it by ITV, despite the company insisting an investigation involving both men took place.
Calls for an independent inquiry into the scandal gathered pace, with ITV’s most senior bosses under increasing pressure to admit what they knew and when about Schofield’s relationship.
The ex-lover has vowed to not lie about the relationship, which Schofield described as ‘unwise but not illegal’ but has left his 38-year TV career in tatters.
Schofield quit ITV on Friday after admitting to the Mail that he lied about an ‘unwise but not illegal’ affair with a much younger man
Sources told the Mail the former production assistant insists ‘he was never asked’ about the romance, while another ITV insider said: ‘Everybody just knew about it.’
One source said: ‘It’s time for some truths to be told now, this has been brushed under the carpet for so long and it has to come to an end. The younger man has got to the point now where he won’t lie for anyone but actually, he says he was never asked by ITV about any relationship.
‘It is time that people were held to account, or at the very least explain themselves.’
An ITV spokesman stood firm, saying: ‘Both parties were questioned.’
But the network refused to say when the questioning took place, or who conducted it.
In a statement today, Schofield slammed ‘a handful of people’ with ‘persistently loud voices’ – and refuted claims of a ‘toxic’ culture at This Morning.
In a statement posted on Instagram, the former presenter said: ‘Now I no longer work on This Morning I am free to say this. I hope you have noticed that it’s the same handful of people with a grudge against me or the show who seem to have the loudest voice.
‘This Morning IS the best show to work on, with the best people. In all the years I worked there there was no toxicity. You can listen to those persistently loud voices if you like.
‘But the thousands of guests over the years, thousands of staff and crew, hundreds of presenters and contributors all know it, it IS a family of wonderful, talented, kind, hard, working people.’
It comes after Dr Ranj Singh, who was a regular guest on This Morning, accused the show of having a ‘toxic’ culture of bullying and discrimination, adding that he had taken his concerns to ‘the top’ but felt he had been ‘managed out’ and was dropped from screens.
Schofield quit ITV after admitting he lied about an ‘unwise but not illegal’ affair. Holly Willoughby said in a brief statement it had been ‘very hurtful to now find out that this was a lie’
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