Alison Hammond breaks down in tears live on This Morning over Phillip Schofield saga

Alison Hammond

Alison Hammond admitted to struggling to come to terms with the saga

Dan Falvey

By Dan Falvey

Published: 02/06/2023

- 11:07

Updated: 02/06/2023

- 11:37

The ITV presenter said she still loves Phillip Schofield

TV presenter Alison Hammond bust into tears live on ITV this morning as she admitted to struggling over Phillip Schofield scandal.

The 48-year-old said it was "really painful" to hear her the permanent media coverage of her former colleague.

Schofield stepped back from all presenting duties last week after it emerged he had a sexual relationship with a young runner on the show.

Last night the now disgraced TV host admitted he had "made a mistake" but rejected accusations of grooming.

Alison Hammond

Alison Hammond has been covering presenting duties for the last two weeks


Breaking down this morning while discussing Schofield's latest comments, Hammond said: "I'm just finding it really painful because obviously I loved Phillip Schofield, and it's weird because I still love Phillip Schofield.

"However, what he's done is wrong. He's admitted it, he's said sorry.

"As a family, we’re all really struggling to process everything – I never know what to say.

“I remember what my mum said, my mum always said ‘use your Bible as your satnav in life Al’, and in the Bible it say ‘he without sin, casts the first stone…’

Phillip Schofield

Phillip Schofield rejected grooming a young male employee in an interview last night


“I just don’t want to say anything bad because I’m in conflict.”

Hammond has hosted This Morning alongside Dermot O'Leary for the past two weeks after Schofield first announced he was quitting the show, with Holly Willoughby taking a two week break from presenting duties.

Willoughby is due to return next Monday, but friends have told GB News that she is being urged to cut ties with the programme.

Last night Schofield said he has “lost everything” in the wake of his affair with a younger male colleague and told of a “catastrophic effect” on his mind.

He said the fallout from the revelations had been “relentless” and urged the media to leave his former lover “alone now”.

Schofield told the BBC that the first time he had any “kind of sexual contact” with his former This Morning colleague, the younger man was 20.

He added that he was “utterly broken and ashamed” but denied claims he had “groomed” the man.

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