Phillip Schofield returns to This Morning and addresses three-week absence after brother's sex abuse trial
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Phillip Schofield has returned to This Morning for the first time since his brother was convicted of child sex abuse.
Hear the presenter address his absence below:
Timothy Schofield went on trial at Exeter Crown Court last month, after which he was convicted of 11 sexual offences involving a child between October 2016 and October 2019, including two of sexual activity with a child.
Timothy was remanded him in custody following the trial, and is set to be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on 19 May.
Phil acknowledged his absence at the beginning of the show, saying: "I'd just like to say, it is really lovely to be back. I have missed the show and everyone here and also to you.
"I wanted to say thank you for your kind messages and support which were really appreciated. Thank you very much indeed. On with the show... Shall we?"
Holly confirmed her absence from the show ahead of Phil's return today, telling her followers on Instagram that she has shingles.
"I'll be back as soon as I'm better," she wrote. "Huge love."
Holly hosted This Morning without Phil for a week before taking a two week break for the Easter holidays.
Phil's return today came after he issued a statement on his brother's behaviour at the time of the verdict, saying: "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.”
Timothy denied performing sexual acts on a teenager, but told the jury during the trial he had watched pornography with a boy who he insisted was over the age of 16.
The victim alleged the offending started when he was 13 years old, and told the jury he felt 'emotionally blackmailed' by Timothy and 'forced' to participate in sexual activity.
Timothy was found guilty on all counts by the jury with a majority of 10-2 after more than five-and-a-half hours of deliberation.