Phillip Schofield’s This Morning departure addressed by hosts
ITV Daytime star Lorraine Kelly has posted a gushing tweet to her 741,000 followers thanking her team, which appears to be a thinly veiled swipe at Piers Morgan’s recent remarks about those working on daytime television.
Following Thursday’s Lorraine show, the Scottish star tweeted: “Big thanks to my top team for really fun, uplifting, happy shows – not many of us LOVE going to work and all of the production team and crew make every morning a joy! Don’t get the chance to say it often enough.”
Her sweet musings are in stark contrast to Piers’ outburst on Times Radio on Monday.
It was sparked by the 35-second tribute to Phillip Schofield on Lorraine’s fellow ITV show This Morning, after he announced his departure in a statement on Saturday.
The tribute was led by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary who were hosting.
Alison began: “We couldn’t start the show without paying tribute to the man who presented the show for so long.”
“As a show – we want to say a huge thank you to Phil for everything he has done to make this show a success over the past 20 years,” Dermot said.
This segment led Piers to comment on air: “I think that anyone who thinks that daytime telly is full of smiley, nicey, happy, clappy people, I think they are beginning to realise it is infested by a pack of savages.”
Piers departed Good Morning Britain in 2021 after controversy over remarks he made about the Duchess of Sussex.
After a year away from broadcasting, he returned to TV with a new show on TalkTV, Piers Morgan: Uncensored.
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However, it seems he is still rankled by what he feels was ITV’s poor treatment of him.
“There is nothing more ruthless than the way that talent, as we so laughably get called in television, get treated when the plug gets pulled,” he continued.
Expressing sympathy with Phillip, he said: “I do think after 20-odd years on This Morning, winning awards every year, doing great, I think whatever has gone on behind the scenes I think he was entitled to a better send-off.”
Other than the initial tribute, This Morning has not addressed Phillip’s departure on-air.
Although he only officially left the show over the weekend, he has already been cut from the show’s titles but his image still appears on the show’s website.
The 61-year-old veteran broadcaster has escaped to Cornwall to be with his mother.
Despite Phillip’s exit from This Morning, he still has other commitments with ITV.
The presenter will be taking to the stage next month to host The British Soap Awards.
ITV boss Kevin Lygo also issued a statement explaining ITV will continue their partnership with Phillip.
It has also been reported that he is being eyed up for a role with rival broadcaster Channel 5.
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