High-profile British host Phillip Schofield has left the daytime show This morning “with immediate effect”.
The Guardian reports it comes after his relationship with co-host Holly Willoughby has become strained in recent weeks.
Schofield has hosted the program for 20 years, with last Thursday’s episode now becoming his last. Schofield and Willoughby are two of the most recognizable faces on British television, but the show lost 170,000 viewers in just one week.
Schofield said, “I’ve always prided myself on telling fascinating stories This morning. But recently, This morning it itself has become history.
“Throughout my career in TV – including the very difficult last few days – I have always done my best to be honest and kind. I understand that ITV has decided the current situation cannot continue and I want to do what I can to protect the show I love.
“So I agreed to resign from This morning effective immediately, in hopes that the show can move forward into a bright future. I would like to thank everyone who supported me, especially This morning‘s incredible viewers – and see you all for the Soap awards next month.”
Holly Willoughby said: “It’s been over 13 amazing years of presenting This morning with Phil and I want to take this opportunity to thank him for all his knowledge, experience and humor. The sofa won’t be the same without him.
This week Timothy Schofield, the brother of Phillip Schofield, was jailed for 12 years for child abuse, while last year the two guests were accused of skipping the line to see the Queen reclining in state. ITV released a statement denying the claims, but it didn’t stop the backlash and pranks at their expense. They later triumphed with a popularity win at the UK National Television Awards.
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This week Kevin Lygo, chief executive, media and entertainment at ITV said: “Phillip is without doubt one of the finest broadcasters of his generation and we thank him for his two decades of absolutely outstanding television on the This morning Sofa.
“This morning is made by one of the best and most diligent teams in television, producing over 12 hours of live television every week.
“We look forward to continuing our relationship with Phillip as of The British Soap Awards in June and a brand new set of rush hours to come.