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02nd Jun 2023

Holly Willoughby will be questioned over Phillip Schofield scandal in ITV review

Clodagh McKeon

Holly Willoughby may not be the only one quizzed by lawyers for this review.

An external investigation into the facts behind Phillip Schofield’s exit from ITV’s This Morning will get underway and his former co-host, Holly Willoughby is set to be questioned.

The investigation was confirmed in a letter written by ITV Chief Executive Dame McCall.

It will create a timeline of facts to determine if and who knew about Phillip’s affair with a younger male ITV employee.

Holly Willoughby may not be the only one quizzed by lawyers, the temporary hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary may also be interviewed as part of the review.

Eamonn Holmes, Dr Ranj Singh as well and Holmes’ wife and Loose Women panellist Ruth Langsford may also be asked to give statements to employment lawyer, Jane Mulcahy KC.

This is not confirmed but is expected.

ITV executive also addressed the younger man’s age.

According to the MailOnline, an ITV spokesperson said: “We would expect the KC to be able to ask to talk to anyone she considers relevant in order to conduct the review.”

In her letter, McCall said that ITV is taking matters “extremely seriously and have reviewed our own records which show that when rumours of a relationship between Phillip Schofield and an employee of ITV first began to circulate in late 2019/early 2020 ITV investigated.

“Both parties were questioned then and both categorically and repeatedly denied the rumours, as did Phillip’s then agency YMU.

“In addition, ITV spoke to a number of people who worked on the This Morning and wider Daytime team and were not provided with, and did not find any evidence of a relationship beyond hearsay and rumour.”

She also addressed the age of the younger man involved.

She said he was 19 when he started work experience on This Morning and was 20 by the time he was working full-time on the show.

McCall said he looked for and was awarded a promoted to Loose Women in 2019 and then no longer worked on This Morning from then onwards.

McCall was recently asked to attend Parliament to answer questions about the broadcaster’s approach to safeguarding and complaint handling.

That session will take place on Wednesday 14th June.


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