Phillip Schofield breaks cover for first time since ITV This Morning axe with new social media update

Phillip Schofield breaks cover for first time since ITV This Morning axe with new social media update

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Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 15/05/2024

- 10:40

Updated: 15/05/2024

- 12:03

The former This Morning star hasn't posted online since his axe from the ITV show in May 2023

Phillip Schofield has returned to the limelight on social media for the first time since May 2023.

This time last year, Schofield and This Morning were rocked after he admitted to lying about an affair with a younger colleague on the show.

Rumours were also rife that he and co-host Holly Willoughby were in the midst of a reported feud.

Schofield briefly returned to screens after his This Morning exit to conduct an interview with the BBC's Amol Rajan where he discussed the fallout of the scandal.

A year on, Schofield has felt now is the time to return to the spotlight and shared a snap of his pet pooch, Alfie.

In a snap, Alfie can be seen watching the Formula 1, which Schofield joked about in the accompanying caption.

Phillip Schofield

Phillip Schofield has returned to social media after a year-long absence


"Thankfully, Alfie is a big @f1 fan," Schofield penned to his 2.8million Instagram followers along with some loved-up emojis.

Fans didn't get the chance to welcome him back to the platform as comments have been limited on the post.

Schofield has also limited who can see the number of likes on the post, although the Mirror reports former This Morning colleague Josie Gibson is one of those to like the post.

Keith Lemon actor Leigh Francis also reportedly showed his approval by liking the update, according to the publication.

Following Schofield's exit from This Morning, the ITV show faced claims of harbouring a "toxic" working environment and prompted an external review of the saga.

The report was published in December 2023 and determined there was "no finding" of a toxic culture at the show and that ITV had made "considerable efforts" to find out the truth of Schofield's relationship with the younger member of the team.

According to the report, Schofield "reluctantly declined" to take part on the grounds that it posed a "risk to his health".

Schofield's long-running co-host Willoughby - whom he unfollowed on social media amid the rift rumours - also ended up leaving This Morning in October 2023.

Willoughby was the target of a reported foiled kidnap attack and released a statement at the time explaining her decision to step back for her family.

The ITV show then faced months of uncertainty, and irked reactions from viewers, as it struggled to find permanent replacements for the duo.

Phillip Schofield

Phillip Schofield left ITV following the scandal


However, that all changed in February 2024 when Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley were unveiled as the new faces of the daytime staple.

The revamp hasn't gone without its hiccups, however, with viewing figures reportedly underwhelming since Shephard and Deeley took over.

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