THIS Morning has scrubbed Phillip Schofield from their social media – but Holly Willoughby is missing too.
The crisis-hit TV show has been compared to a "crumbling house of cards" as guests and brands start dropping out from the show.
Despite originally praising Phillip as "one of the best broadcasters of his generation", ITV has now parted ways with the presenter after his affair with a younger colleague was revealed.
Since then former show star Dr Ranj slammed the "toxic" culture of bullying at This Morning, where he worked for ten years.
And now Holly has been wiped from This Morning's social media, with insiders claiming other presenters will start quitting in their droves.
It comes after pictures of Schofield were removed from ITV studios yesterday as bosses tried to airbrush out his scandal in a desperate bid to save This Morning.
READ MORE ON THIS MORNING
This Morning’s Alison and Dermot are ‘tired’ after Phillip Schofield hits out
This Morning’s Dermot O’Leary hits back at ‘toxic’ claims as Phil breaks silence
Show insiders said all traces of Schofield, 61, and his career were being torn down by order of editor Martin Frizell so it will be “like he never existed”.
A source said: “All traces of Phil and his career are being stripped out of the This Morning studios and from ITV’s base in White City.”
ITV has lost millions of pounds in sponsorship deals since the presenter admitted lying about his affair with a teenage runner who worked on the show.
A source told us: “Guests have been dropping out left, right and centre. It is like a house of cards that is crumbling.
Most read in TV
Countdown's Rachel Riley says romance with hubby Pasha Kovalev is 'on hold'
Dani Dyer reveals adorable names she's called her twin daughters
Schofield breaks silence on This Morning axing blaming ‘people with grudges’
Love Island full cast revealed from Corrie star's daughter to legend's pal
"The atmosphere is very much that of ‘Keep calm and carry on’, but it’s going to be a difficult week. This Morning is seen as toxic right now and people do not want to be associated with it.”
Arnold Clark said its existing multi-million pound sponsorship will end this autumn as planned and will not be renewed.
Its statement they said: “Our existing sponsorship of This Morning will end this Autumn as planned.”
We told ITV executives about Schofield’s relationship with the young man back in 2019.
At the time they dismissed the allegation as “malicious gossip”.
But since Schofield confessed he lied about his affair with the “star-struck” teenager on Friday, senior executives have been locked in crisis talks in a desperate bid to limit the damage.
Schofield, who is believed to be lying low in Cornwall close to where his mother Pat lives, issued an apology on Friday after admitting he had covered up the affair with the runner — who he first met when the lad was just 15.
He apologised for lying to his wife of 26 years, Stephanie, about the relationship and confirmed he had lied to ITV, his talent agency YMU and his colleagues.
ITV and YMU immediately cut all ties with Schofield. In a statement, ITV said: “Phillip made assurances to us which he now acknowledges were untrue and we feel badly let down.”
Source: Read Full Article