Eamonn Holmes calls out Phillip Schofield for 'delusional statement' and asks if he's looking for a fight
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Eamonn Holmes has called out Phillip Schofield in response to his 'delusional' latest statement.
The former TV presenter, 61, stepped down from his role on This Morning on 20 May, later resigning from ITV completely and being dropped by his talent agency after admitting to an 'unwise, but not illegal' affair with a young male colleague on the show.
"I did have a consensual on-off relationship with a younger male colleague at This Morning," he said at the time.
"Contrary to speculation, whilst I met the man when he was a teenager and was asked to help him to get into television, it was only after he started to work on the show that it became more than just a friendship.
"That relationship was unwise, but not illegal.
"It is now over."
Schofield added: "When I chose to come out I did so entirely for my own wellbeing.
"Nobody 'forced' me out.
"Neither I nor anyone else, to my knowledge, has ever issued an injunction, super or otherwise, about my relationship with this colleague, he was never moved on or sacked by or because of me.
"In an effort to protect my ex-colleague I haven’t been truthful about the relationship."
Earlier today (29 May) Schofield took to social media to address those who have been criticising him, though he did not name any names.
He wrote: "Now I no longer work on @thismorning I am free to say this.
"I hope you have noticed that it's the same handful of people with a grudge against me or the show who seem to have the loudest voice.
"This morning IS the best show to work on, with the best people. In all the years I worked there, there was no toxicity.
"You can listen to those persistently loud voices if you like.
"But the thousands of guests over the years, thousands of staff and crew, hundreds of presenters and contributors all know, it IS a family of wonderful, talented, kind, hard-working people."
This did not go down well with Eamonn Holmes, who has been vocal in his criticism of Schofield, who tweeted: "Schofield has just put out a delusional statement. Like Holly he puts it on Insta Stories so if it goes wrong there is no record after 24 hrs.
"I'm reluctant to give the liar any more publicity but believe me Pip if u r looking for a fight, u have picked on the wrong person!"