Holly Willoughby 'saddened' for 'downtrodden' Phillip Schofield over ITV axe

Phillip Schofield broke his silence on the mental health struggles amid media onslaught

By Jean Valjean June 03, 2023
Holly Willoughby saddened for downtrodden Phillip Schofield over ITV axe
Holly Willoughby 'saddened' for 'downtrodden' Phillip Schofield over ITV axe

Holly Willoughby is extending her sympathies to her former This Morning co-star Phillip Schofield after he claimed that he has “lost everything” following ITV dismissal.

Speaking to The Sun, a source revealed that though the anchor “has not spoken to Phil,” she was “saddened to see him” in a distraught state in his recent interview.

"Seeing Phil so downtrodden and in a bad way was distressing for a number of people who know him personally,” shared the insider. "There is a big team on This Morning and it was shocking for people to see him that way.”

Schofield broke his silence on his affair with a much younger male co-worker on ITV, and dished on the mental health consequences of the ongoing media onslaught.

“It continues and it is relentless and it is day after day after day after day,” he told BBC of the criticism he’s be facing.

“And if you don’t think that that is going to have the most catastrophic effect on someone’s mind – do you want me to die? Because that’s where I am. I have lost everything,” he added.

“It is an incredibly sad situation. Phil has his daughters and friends supporting him now,” the source continued to the outlet. "The focus for the This Morning team and Holly is to deliver the best shows they can, moving forward.”

“It is what Phil wants too — he has made that clear. He loves This Morning and wants it to thrive again, despite his exit,” they added.