Phillip Schofield Announces Immediate Departure From This Morning

Phillip Schofield, who is a 61-year-old TV presenter, has shared that he will be leaving the show This Morning.

He's been a part of many other shows like Dancing on Ice and The Cube, but This Morning is where he is most recognized, having co-hosted it for 21 years.

However, he recently made the announcement that he will be leaving the show right away.

In a post on his Instagram story, Schofield let his fans know about his decision.

His message said: "I have always been proud to cover fascinating stories on This Morning. But recently, This Morning itself has become the story."

"Throughout my career in TV – including the very difficult last few days – I have always done my best to be honorable and kind."

"I understand that ITV has decided the current situation can't go on, and I want to do what I can to protect the show that I love."

"So I have agreed to step down from This Morning with immediate effect, in the hope that the show can move forward to a bright future."

"I'd like to thank everyone who has supported me – especially This Morning's amazing viewers – and I'll see you all for the Soap Awards next month."

This Morning is a super popular TV show that airs during the day and is watched by a lot of people.

They talk about all kinds of stuff on the show, like interviewing famous people, sharing the latest gossip about movies and TV shows, talking about important issues happening right now, checking out sports events, giving advice on staying healthy, sharing cooking tips, and a bunch of other cool things.

Holly Willoughby, who has been hosting the show with Schofield for 13 years, has now shared her thoughts about him leaving.

On her Instagram story, she writes: "Hi everyone … It's been over 13 great years presenting This Morning with Phil and I want to take this opportunity to thank him for all of his knowledge, his experience and his humor."

She also mentions that "the sofa won't feel the same without him".

ITV, the channel that airs This Morning, has released a statement about Schofield's departure, confirming that his final episode was on May 18th.

It reads: "After more than 20 years on the This Morning sofa, Phillip Schofield has stepped back from ITV's flagship morning show having presented his last episode on Thursday 18 May."

The statement also mentions that Schofield will still be hosting other popular shows in prime time for ITV. He will be presenting upcoming events like The British Soap Awards next month, as well as a new series.

Meanwhile, Willoughby will continue hosting This Morning alongside other co-presenters until they find a permanent replacement for Schofield.