Phillip Schofield has mentioned the previous couple of weeks “haven’t been easy” for him or This Morning co-star Holly Willoughby, as he hailed her his “rock”.
The 61-year-old has spoken out following experiences the presenting duo’s relationship has come beneath pressure following Schofield’s absence from the daytime present.
He just lately returned to This Morning after taking pre-planned go away round his brother’s intercourse abuse trial final month.
The Sun beforehand reported the absence had contributed to a “cooling” of their friendship.
But in an announcement, Schofield instructed the paper: “As I’ve mentioned earlier than, Holly is my rock. We’re the most effective of buddies – as at all times, she is an unimaginable assist on display, behind the scenes and on the cellphone.
“Holly has always been there for me, through thick and thin. And I’ve been there for her.
“The previous few weeks have not been straightforward for both of us.”
Willoughby, 42, was also recently absent from screens due to shingles.
“My household went via an actual ordeal, and Holly’s assist all through meant the world to me – as did the assist of my bosses at ITV, my editor Martin Frizell and the entire This Morning household, together with our wonderful viewers,” Schofield added.
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“Whatever happens, we still have each other to count on.”
On his return to the present final month, Schofield thanked the crew and viewers for his or her “kind messages and support”.
His youthful brother Timothy Schofield, 54, was convicted of 11 sexual offences involving a baby between October 2016 and October 2019, together with two of sexual exercise with a baby.
In a assertion launched by his lawyer after the responsible verdicts, Schofield mentioned he now not has a brother.
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Schofield and Willoughby have introduced This Morning frequently since 2009, after Willoughby changed Fern Britton. They additionally current ITV’s Dancing on Ice.
They confronted fierce criticism over claims they skipped the queue for the Queen’s mendacity in state, however stay agency favourites with viewers.
In October the present took house the daytime prize on the National Television Awards, which Schofield mentioned: “Means so much to us every year, especially this year.”