‘The storyline will reflect what went on,’ a source claimed. (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Rex/Shutterstock)
A TV series dramatising Phillip Schofield’s exit from This Morning and the affair that he had with a younger runner is in the works, it’s been reported.
In May this year, it was confirmed that Schofield had quit the ITV programme following rumours that had circulated over reported tensions that had developed in his friendship with his former longtime co-host Holly Willoughby.
Shortly afterwards, the 61-year-old admitted that he lied about having an affair with a younger male colleague on the show, outlining in his statement: ‘I did have a consensual on-off relationship with a younger male colleague at This Morning.’
He also said in his message: ‘I am painfully conscious that I have lied to my employers at ITV, to my colleagues and friends, to my agents, to the media and therefore the public and most importantly of all to my family. I am so very, very sorry, as I am for having been unfaithful to my wife.’
The TV star, who came out publicly as gay in February 2020, referred to his marriage with his wife Stephanie Lowe, with whom he shares two daughters.
In June, Schofield gave an interview with the BBC about his departure from This Morning and the aftermath, during which he told the interviewer Amol Rajan about his relationship with the runner in question: ‘We’ve stayed mates. We’re still mates. We still stay friendly.’
Schofield presented the ITV programme for years with Holly Willoughby before his exit (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
It’s now been claimed that a production company is looking to create a drama about Schofield’s exit from ITV, with the working title ‘The Runner’.
‘A production company’s started work and they think the series would be a perfect fit for Channel 4,’ a source told The Sun.
‘The storyline will reflect what went on. People have seen it from the outside but the drama will give a perspective on what may have occurred behind-closed-doors.
‘It could make for uncomfortable viewing for Phil and ITV.’
Earlier this summer, ITV representatives attended a Culture, Media and Sport Committee, where they were asked questions about Schofield’s exit from This Morning and the broadcaster.
ITV chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall stressed that she wanted to clear up ‘facts’ following ‘speculation, rumours and misinformation’.
‘The people that have said they knew would only have heard rumours,’ she claimed in regard to Schofield’s affair with the runner.
‘If any one of the individuals you referenced had come to us and said there is evidence of a relationship, with evidence, we would’ve been able to launch a formal investigation, because the imbalance of power and dynamics makes it deeply inappropriate.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted Channel 4 for comment.
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.