This Morning will return to screens on Monday as planned, as ITV bosses revealed there are “no plans for the show to be axed” following revelations that presenter Phillip Schofield had an affair with a ‘much younger’ colleague.
On Friday, Schofield admitted to having an “unwise, but not illegal” relationship with a young man who worked on the hit daytime show while he was still married to his wife.
The relationship with the ITV employee took place before the 61-year-old publicly came out as gay on This Morning in 2020.
At the time he had been married to his wife Stephanie Lowe since 1993.
The future of the hit programme, which has won several awards, had been thrown into doubt however bosses rubbished rumours the show could be axed.
An ITV spokesperson said: “As we said on the record yesterday, This Morning is not under review and there’s no plans for the show to be axed.
“This Morning will return as normal tomorrow.”
Holly Willoughby, Schofield’s co-presenter on the show, currently remains on half term leave but will continue to present the ITV programme upon her return on June 5.
In a statement released on Saturday, Willoughby said Schofield had lied to her about the affair and that it had been “hurtful”.
ITV bosses also revealed an investigation into rumours regarding the affair had taken place in 2020, however both Schofield and the young man “categorically and repeatedly denied the rumours”.
In a statement released on Saturday, an ITV spokesperson said: “Phillip’s statement [on Friday] reveals that he lied to people at ITV, from senior management to fellow presenters, to YMU, to the media and to others over this relationship.”