Lorraine Kelly on Phillip Schofield’s exit and thoughts on Holly Willoughby

Lorraine Kelly has commented on the unexpected departure of Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby from This Morning for the first time. She believes that their exit will not have a lasting negative impact on the daytime programme. Lorraine states that both Schofield and Willoughby will be “fine” and describes them as “good people.”

Schofield left This Morning in May of the previous year after being with the show for 21 years. He revealed that he had a relationship with a younger male runner while working for ITV, describing it as “unwise but not illegal.” Willoughby, on the other hand, left in October after 14 years, stating that she made the decision for herself and her family. She later returned to television as a presenter on Dancing On Ice.

Lorraine Kelly expressed her disbelief, stating, “If you had told me at the beginning of last year that Holly and Phil Schofield wouldn’t be on This Morning, I wouldn’t have believed you.” However, she is confident that the show will continue successfully. Lorraine reassured fans by saying, “She’ll be fine.” She also had positive words for Schofield, saying, “He’ll be fine. Eventually. It will all be OK.”

Speaking fondly of her former colleagues, Kelly added, “They’re good people, I miss them. They’re smashing, they made me laugh a lot, and every time I was on This Morning as a guest, they were a delight.” She also shared a humorous moment with Schofield, discussing their participation in the game show The Cube, stating that they had never laughed so much.

Regarding his departure, Schofield clarified, “That relationship was unwise, but not illegal. It is now over. When I chose to come out, I did so entirely for my own wellbeing. Nobody ‘forced’ me out.” He emphasized that neither he nor anyone else had ever issued an injunction or caused his colleague to be moved or fired.

Schofield acknowledged his regret for not being truthful about the relationship, stating, “I am painfully conscious that I have lied to my employers at ITV, to my colleagues and friends, to my agents, to the media, and therefore the public, and most importantly of all to my family.” Meanwhile, Willoughby, who also expressed surprise at the news, remained as a presenter on This Morning for an additional five months before announcing her departure in October.

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