TalkTV host Piers Morgan weighed in on the latest updates in the Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby saga on Monday night, claiming that the latter was in an "impossible position" as she returned to work today (5 June).
Holly, 42, had been absent from This Morning since her former co-worker Phillip, 61, stepped down after 21 years with immediate effect last month.
Since then, Phillip has resigned from ITV all together and was dropped by his talent agency YMU after admitting to an “unwise, but not illegal” affair with a young male colleague on This Morning.
After the news was revealed, Holly took to Instagram to share a statement on 27 May, which read: "It has taken time to process yesterday's news.
"When reports of this relationship first surfaced, I asked Phil directly if this was true and was told it was not. It's been very hurtful to now find out that this was a lie."
Holly made her return to This Morning on Monday 5 June, where she addressed the Phillip scandal in an emotional statement to viewers at the start of the show, admitting she was "shaken and troubled" over the news.
Talking about Holly's speech and return, Piers said: "I like Holly Willoughby, she is a good friend of mine… she is in an impossible position. She had to come back contractually and do what she did."
He added: "It is not funny for her… it's tough, it’s difficult. You are in an arranged marriage in these situations. I was in one myself and suddenly you are divorced, right?"
Piers co-hosted ITV's Good Morning Britain with Susanna Reid from October 2015 until March 2021 after he famously stormed off the show following a row over comments he made about Meghan Markle – and then later quit.
Talking about Holly finding a replacement on This Morning after she hosted Monday's return show with Josie Gibson, Piers said: "The hardest problem for Holly Willoughby will be who to replace him with.
"Poor old Susanna Reid, she's been through about 15 blokes now and none of them live up to me… I was trying to say that with a straight face."
Elsewhere, Piers discussed Phillip's first bombshell interview with The Sun and BBC's Amol Rajan, where Phillip spoke about his affair and the subsequent fall out.
During the chat, Phillip opened up on feeling "utterly broken", saying how his daughters Ruby and Molly had looked after him and ensured he didn't sink into a really dark place.
He told The Sun: "I am in a very bad way. Mentally, utterly, utterly broken. And if it hadn’t been for my girls last week I wouldn’t be here. I know I deserve it but they said, ‘Don’t you dare, we’re here to look after you’."
While when asked in his BBC interview on how he was feeling, Phillip admitted: "I think I understand how Caroline Flack felt."
Talking about Phillip's interviews, Piers said: "I have known him a long time, 35 years. I wrote a biography of Phillip Schofield in the ‘90s.
"[Watching his interview] I looked at the guy and thought, ‘You are completely broken.’ And when someone is in that condition, even though I felt his comparison to Caroline Flack was clumsy and he properly shouldn't have said that, he probably meant it. And he properly did feel that he was genuinely, ‘What’s left? I may as well kill myself’."
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