Phillip Schofield's ITV return after shock sacking ‘under threat', say bookies | The Sun
PHILLIP Schofield has promised a return to ITV in just ten days' time – but it could already be "under threat".
The TV star was axed from This Morning with immediate effect after a fall-out with Holly Willoughby, his co-host of 14 years.
Phillip insisted in a statement to fans he would be back on-screen on June 3, telling fans: "I'll see you all for the Soap Awards next month."
But bookies claim he's odds-on at 4/6 not to host the annual event he's fronted since 2006.
Following next month's British Soap Awards, the spotlight will be on Phillip once again when he will go head-to-head with Holly at another prestigious awards do.
Both have made the Best Presenter long list at the National Television Awards which will take place in September.
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Confirming his This Morning departure, an ITV spokesman said: “Phillip will continue to present peak time shows for ITV including next month's The British Soap Wards and a new prime time series."
That's despite being taken off air on Thursday, May 18, without a chance for a farewell show.
Phillip said about stepping down: “ITV has decided the current situation can’t go on, and I want to do what I can to protect the show that I love.”
His statement failed to mention his former BFF Holly, after The Sun revealed their once-close relationship crumbled in recent weeks.
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Former This Morning star Eamonn Holmes, 63, blasted the wording of the statements, raging: "Oh please just stop this. He was sacked. All this nonsense of 'I've decided to step down'. I’m sure you did – here’s your P45 now step down."
An ITV spokesman later issued a dramatic new statement in light of Eamonn's comments.
They said: "Phillip Schofield’s decision to step down from This Morning was (as his statement made clear) a decision agreed between Phillip and ITV.”
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