Hillip Schofield said he was “deeply heartbroken and ashamed” by the affair he had with a younger male colleague, but denies molesting the man.
Schofield resigned from ITV last week and was fired from his talent agency YMU after admitting an “unwise but not illegal” affair with a younger male colleague.
In his first interview since leaving ITV and This Morning, the presenter, 61, opened up The sun Newspaper: “I didn’t do it, I didn’t do it (nursed him).
“There are allegations about all sorts of things. It never came across because we became friends. I don’t know anything about that.
“But of course I understand there’s going to be a massive judgment, but considering that, I haven’t exercised that anywhere else.”
Schofield told The sun The affair with the younger colleague began in 2017 after a “consensual moment” in his dressing room. He said: “It wasn’t a love affair, it wasn’t a relationship, we weren’t friends; we were friends.”
The former This Morning host said he was struggling with his sexuality at the time and the two had been together “maybe five or six times.”
He told the newspaper that he doesn’t consider the possibility that the affair, which he says began when the younger man was 20, could ruin his career.
“But I didn’t lie to protect my career,” he said. “He didn’t want his name to appear publicly. He wanted his own life.”
He said his wife was “very, very angry” after he confessed his affair to her. Schofield told The Sun he previously denied rumors of the affair to her when she asked about it.
His sit-in interview comes at a time when the ITV boss has been asked to testify before MPs about the channel’s handling of the matter.
ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall has been criticized for Schofield’s relationship with the younger worker over the channel’s “protection approach”.
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee said it wrote to Dame Carolyn after she announced an external review of ITV’s handling of the matter. The meeting is scheduled to take place on June 14th.
In a letter to ITV, committee chair Dame Caroline Dinenage said: “The committee considers the media industry’s duty of care towards its employees to be a matter of paramount importance.”
“While recent coverage has focused on the Schofield case, it also raises fundamental questions about protection and complaints handling, both at ITV and in the media more generally.
“These issues should be examined, particularly in the case of public service broadcasters.”
On Wednesday, ITV announced an external review led by a lawyer to establish “the facts” about the affair, which Schofield described as “unwise but not illegal”.
The former This Morning host left the network last week after admitting he lied about his relationship with the younger man while still married to his wife.
ITV previously said it had opened an investigation in 2020 but both parties have repeatedly denied the relationship.
The channel said on Wednesday there were “many inaccuracies” in the reporting and that former staffer Schofield admitted having an affair with him and the channel offered him support.
A letter to MPs said: “The ITV staffer was 19 when he first got work experience on This Morning… and 20 when he applied and managed to get a job as a runner in the to get a show.”
Schofield resigned from ITV after admitting to the relationship and having lied to colleagues, family and his agency about it.
The 61-year-old, who has been on This Morning for two decades, was quickly sacked by his agent and as a Prince’s Trust ambassador following the revelations.
He will no longer be hosting the British Soap Awards this weekend, which will instead be hosted by singer and presenter Jane McDonald.
He will also no longer be the host of a new prime-time series, which was announced after his departure from This Morning but before the affair became public.
ITV bosses are due to testify separately before MPs on the committee on the issue of the broadcasters’ bill on Tuesday.
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/itv-carloyn-mccall-phillip-schofield-this-morning-mps-b1085062.html Phillip Schofield says he is ‘heartbroken and mortified’ after revealing his affair