Rochelle Humes pays tribute to axed Phillip Schofield
22nd May 2023

Rochelle Humes pays tribute to Phillip Schofield and thanks presenter for being ‘a fountain of knowledge and laughter’ after his axing from This Morning

  • Rochelle Humes said it was a ‘pleasure’ learning from Phillip Schofield

Rochelle Humes has paid tribute to Phillip Schofield following his sensational resignation from This Morning after 21 years.

The singer, 34, stepped in to host the ITV programme with Phil just a few weeks ago after his co-presenter Holly Willoughby had fallen ill.

Taking to Instagram today, Rochelle shared three photos of herself with Phil and thanked him for being a ‘fountain of knowledge and laughter’. 

‘I’ve proudly been a part of the This Morning family for almost 10 years and over the last few, it has been an absolutely pleasure learning so much from you,’ she wrote, adding that she has ‘big love’ for Phil, 61.

After days of reports that Phil faced the axe at ITV, he announced on Saturday that he had ‘agreed to step down from This Morning with immediate effect.’

His exit follows a breakdown of his friendship with Holly, which is said to have begun three years ago and deteriorated when Phil’s brother Timothy Schofield stood trial for sexual offences against a teenage boy.

It is understood Holly, 42, was not informed about the trial by Phil and instead she found out the reason he had taken a break from the programme later.

Rochelle Humes has paid tribute to Phillip Schofield following his sensational resignation from This Morning after 21 years

Taking to Instagram today, Rochelle shared three photos of herself with Phil and thanked him for being a ‘fountain of knowledge and laughter’

In the months leading up to his departure from This Morning, Phil has faced a number of controversies.

The 61-year-old was at the centre of numerous headlines recently due to reports of a rift with Holly, his brother’s sex abuse trial and furore over his visit to the late Queen’s lying in state.

Reports began last week that the TV presenter and Holly were barely speaking off-camera.

Following press coverage that their relationship had come under strain, Phil hailed Holly as his ‘rock’ in a statement to The Sun.

He said: ‘As I have said before, Holly is my rock. We’re the best of friends – as always, she is an incredible support on screen, behind the scenes and on the phone.

‘Holly has always been there for me, through thick and thin. And I’ve been there for her. The last few weeks haven’t been easy for either of us.’

Despite the speculation, the duo put on a united front during the show last week and made no reference to stories in the press about their relationship.

The reports came after Phil took pre-planned leave from the ITV show around his brother’s sex abuse trial at Exeter Crown Court last month.

Former civilian police worker Timothy Schofield, 54, was convicted of 11 sexual offences involving a child between October 2016 and October 2019, including two of sexual activity with a child.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were ‘tense’ backstage before posing for an awkward picture on the set

Phil and Holly have enjoyed more than 13 years of co-hosting – which has unravelled in just 10 days

In a statement released by his lawyer after the guilty verdict, the former This Morning host said: ‘My overwhelming concern is and has always been for the wellbeing of the victim and his family. I hope that their privacy will now be respected.

‘If any crime had ever been confessed to me by my brother, I would have acted immediately to protect the victim and their family.

‘These are despicable crimes, and I welcome the guilty verdicts. As far as I am concerned, I no longer have a brother.’

The TV duo had presented the show together since 2009 and also co-hosted ITV’s Dancing On Ice. The network will make further announcements on the ice-skating competition’s presenting line-up in due course ahead of its return in January 2024.

Last September, Phil and Holly also faced a backlash over claims they skipped the queue for the Queen’s lying in state.

Following an online outcry, the chief executive of ITV, Dame Carolyn McCall, said the pair had been ‘misrepresented’ over the issue and stressed they had been attending as members of the media to film a segment for This Morning.

Following Phil’s departure, ITV has said Holly will remain on the show and will ‘co-present with members of the This Morning family’.

This Morning viewers are now speculating who will replace Phil, as Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary stepped in to fill his role today.

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