Eamonn Holmes claims ITV didn't ask Phillip Schofield about affair

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Eamonn Holmes has claimed ITV never asked Phillip Schofield about his rumoured affair with a colleague.

Last month Schofield, 61, announced he was leaving his role as the long-time host of breakfast programme This Morning, before revealing a week later he was quitting ITV altogether after admitting to lying about a relationship with a young runner.

Since then Eamonn, 63, has not held back in sharing his opinion on Schofield, as well as their former employer.

In the wake of Schofield’s bombshell statement, ITV insisted they investigated rumours of the relationship, but now Eamonn has said it wasn’t explicitly asked if an affair was happening.

Speaking on his GB News show Breakfast with Eamonn and Isabel on Wednesday, Eamonn claimed he had knowledge of what the investigation entailed.

‘When they investigated and they asked Schofield “did you have an affair with this guy?” which they didn’t ask, I know exactly what they asked, and they then asked the young lad involved in all of this, they need a transcript of what actually took place that day because that was not a thorough investigation,’ he said.

He then took aim at Schofield personally, saying he had been ‘discredited’.

‘He has lied to his colleagues, to the Daily Mail, to his family, to his agents, to everyone, and yet people are deaf to this and say “poor Phillip, what’s he going through and he’s being bullied”,’ he said.

‘The man has lied and he’s admitted he’s lied…where do we go from here.’

ITV had previously said in a statement that a relationship between Schofield and the young employee was investigated in early 2020, but both parties ‘categorically and repeatedly’ denied the rumours.

In addition, ITV said it had spoken to ‘a number of people’ who worked on This Morning, but were ‘not provided with, and did not find, any evidence of a relationship beyond hearsay and rumour’.

But in his recent BBC interview, Schofield said there was no ‘formal’ investigation conducted.

When speaking to Amol Rajan, Schofield was asked if the investigation had been a ‘sham’ because it ‘clearly did not get to the truth’.

While he responded by saying it would have been very difficult for the broadcaster to properly probe, there had not been a ‘formal’ look into the rumours.

‘I think if you have two people who are lying, then what can you do?’ he said.

Questioned further on what exactly the investigation entailed, Schofield said a few phone calls had been made to both men.

‘I think he was asked quite a bit and I was asked a couple of times and so, it wasn’t formal, but I think bearing in mind that there were two people who were absolutely intransigent in their denial, it would have been pretty hard,’ he said.

But when asked if ITV should have taken the allegations more seriously since there was ‘potentially an abuse of power’ he simply replied: ‘Yeah.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted ITV for comment.

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV1.

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