Phillip Schofield enjoyed a drink in the sun with a pal weeks after the affair scandal that triggered his departure from This Morning.
The TV presenter, 61, was spotted tucking into a burger and sipping on a Bloody Mary cocktail during a visit to The Weir Bar in Brentford, London, this weekend.
He could be seen chatting away with a friend in the outside area of the pub while wearing a smart white shirt, looking at ease and relaxed.
It marked a rare appearance for the former daytime TV host out in public in recent months, after previously heading out for a low-key meal with his ex-This Morning co-star Vanessa Feltz.
The pair got a bite to eat at Little Bird restaurant in Chiswick, west London, with the ex-Dancing On Ice host spotted smiling as he embraced Feltz before she left in a black car.
Schofield retreated from the public eye following the revelation of his ‘‘unwise but not illegal’ affair with a younger runner on This Morning which subsequently saw him resign from the show and other ITV projects.
He was also dropped by his agents of 35 years YMU and from The Prince’s Trust, where he was an ambassador, and lost sponsorship deals.
After Schofield’s exit, his co-star Holly Willoughby, 42, took a break from the show and upon her return said was ‘shaken, troubled, let down’ and ‘full of questions’ in a now widely-mocked statement.
She has been confirmed to be remaining with the popular breakfast show, with a replacement for Schofield yet to be announced.
The show has since been rocked by claims of ‘toxicity’ from former stars Dr Ranj Singh and Eamonn Holmes, with the former claiming he was managed out when he raised concerns with ITV bosses.
ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall went on to address claims about the culture behind the scenes at the show during a parliamentary committee.
‘What I know is that when we talk about culture it’s incredibly important to me, personally and so it deeply disappoints me, right?’ she said.
‘But we do not recognise that in This Morning and the reason for that is that we have tangible evidence to tell you that the vast majority of people at daytime and at This Morning are engaged.’
Schofield later gave tell-all interviews in which he said he felt suicidal amid the fallout after confessing to the deceit.
‘I am in a very bad way,’ he said. ‘Mentally, utterly, utterly broken.’
The presenter also expressed his devastation upon realising he may never work in TV, which he called his ‘safe space’, ever again.
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