Embattled former This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield has been dropped as an ambassador of the Prince’s Trust, founded by King Charles, after his admission of an affair with a young male colleague.
The charity said it was “no longer appropriate” to work with the presenter, who resigned from ITV after admitting he had lied about the relationship.
A Prince’s Trust spokesperson said: “In light of Phillip’s recent admissions, we have agreed with him that it is no longer appropriate to work together.”
Schofield, 61, resigned from the broadcaster on Friday and was dropped by his talent agency YMU after admitting to an “unwise, but not illegal” affair with a young male colleague on This Morning. He also admitted to lying to ITV and the media about the affair.
It came after weeks of speculation over a feud with former co-host Holly Willoughby.
Ex-presenter Eamonn Holmes has launched a series of vocal attacks on Schofield and ITV’s leadership, while This Morning‘s former resident doctor Dr Ranj Singh hit out at the show’s “toxic” culture, saying he raised concerns about “bullying and discrimination” two years ago when he worked there and afterwards felt like he was “managed out” for whistleblowing.
An ITV spokesperson hit back: “Following a complaint made by Dr Ranj, we appointed an external and independent advisor to carry out a review. This external review found no evidence of bullying or discrimination.”
Speculation has grown about whether ITV executives could be forced to resign over the furore, or whether the show will be axed entirely.
Dianne Nelmes, who was among the team that launched This Morning, said “it’s time” the ITV programme “in a very dignified way, just moved off and gave way to another new show”.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s PM programme on Monday, the television producer also said the show has “felt tired” for a long time and the “tumultuous run of events around Phillip have formed a lightning rod”.
Ms Nelmes said that if she was in charge, she would keep it going until July then bring it back in September with a new presenting team as the current on-screen talent “attract the wrong kind of tabloid interest”.