Phillip Schofield’s return to This Morning ‘confirmed’ after weeks-long absence

Phillip Schofield is said to return to his ITV hosting commitments on This Morning on Monday 17 April, according to reports.

The 60 year old TV presenter has been absent from the daytime show over recent weeks while his brother Timothy Schofield's court trial took place.

Timothy was found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy over a period of three years, it was recently announced.

And now, Phillip's return date to the show has reportedly been set, with a source telling The Sun: "Both Phillip and ITV agreed the time was right for his return."

It was added: "He is keen for normal life to return and is very grateful for all the support from colleagues and friends behind the scenes. Everyone at ITV wants him back on air."

OK! has contacted an ITV representative for comment.

In his absence, Alison Hammond and Joel Dommett filled in for him, along with Holly Willoughby.

If Phil returns, he will be without his co-star Holly who has revealed that she will have to stand down from her hosting responsibilities on This Morning for the week due to sudden health issues.

In a post shared to her Instagram Stories on Sunday, the 42 year old television personality wrote: "Hi… just to let you know I may be away for the rest of the week as I have Shingles… I'll be back as soon as I'm better."

Meanwhile, Phillip released a statement on the evening of his brother Timothy Schofield being found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy over three years, where he stated he "no longer has a brother".

The TV star shared the message on his Instagram Stories. Phillip's statement read: "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."

He added: "If any crime had ever been confessed to me by my sibling, 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 Schofield, 54, was charged with 11 sexual offences involving a child between October 2016 and October 2019.

A jury at Exeter Crown Court found him guilty of all counts with a majority of 10-2 after more than five-and-a-half hours of deliberation.

He denied the charges but was convicted of three counts of causing a child to watch sexual activity, three of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, three of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and two of sexual activity with a child.

Schofield has been remanded in custody by Judge Mrs Justice Cutts ahead of sentencing at Bristol Crown Court on May 19.


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