Phillip Schofield’s young ex-lover has broken his silence over their affair.
Facing backlash, he was also dropped by his talent agency YMU.
Now, the younger man involved in the scandal has spoken out.
Schofield’s former lover claims that he was never questioned about the affair, despite ITV executives insisting that an investigation involving both individuals took place in 2020.
This revelation only adds to the recent turmoil surrounding This Morning, where rumours of a feud between Schofield and his co-host Holly Willoughby have been circulating.
Despite ITV bosses asserting that they conducted an investigation into the alleged affair between Schofield and his unidentified This Morning colleague, the young man involved has denied ever being approached or questioned by ITV executives.
According to MailOnline, the former This Morning employee has pledged not to lie about the relationship, which Schofield described as ‘unwise but not illegal’.
Sources claim that the ex-production assistant insists he was never asked about the romance, while an ITV insider alleged that ‘everybody just knew about it’.
They claimed: “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 reached a point where he won’t lie for anyone. Actually, he says he was never asked by ITV about any relationship.
“It is time that people were held accountable or, at the very least, explain themselves.”
However, an ITV spokesman countered these claims, stating: “Both parties were questioned.”
In response to the allegations, an ITV executive denied any mistakes were made during the investigation into Schofield’s affair with his younger co-worker.
The 2020 inquiry reportedly concluded that the claims ‘did not go beyond hearsay and rumour’.
Calls for a thorough investigation into ITV’s flagship daytime show have grown louder, with Schofield’s statement only intensifying the need for answers regarding the backstage events.
Amid mounting pressure, Kevin Lygo, the director of television at ITV, responded to claims of mistakes made during the broadcaster’s previous investigation.
When asked for further comment, Lygo told Sky News: “We made a statement today, yesterday. I think it’s all clear.”
When questioned about potential errors in the 2020 investigation, he firmly replied: “No.”
On Saturday, ITV confirmed that they had conducted an investigation into Schofield’s personal life for the first time.
A spokesperson stated: “When rumours of a relationship between Phillip Schofield and an employee of ITV first began to circulate in early 2020, ITV investigated.
“Both parties were questioned, and both categorically and repeatedly denied the rumours, as did Phillip’s then agency YMU.
“ITV spoke to several individuals who worked on This Morning and found no evidence of a relationship beyond hearsay and rumour.
“Phillip’s statement yesterday reveals that he lied to people at ITV, from senior management to fellow presenters, to YMU, to the media, and to others regarding this relationship.”
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