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Victoria Johns

Eamonn Holmes demands ITV bosses prove extent of Phillip Schofield investigation

Eamonn Holmes has called for ITV bosses to prove they thoroughly investigated Phillip Schofield's behaviour on This Morning.

CEO Carolyn McCall has been facing MP's questions today following the presenter's bombshell admission he'd been having an affair with a young member of staff on the show.

ITV claims it investigated 'rumours of a relationship' between Phillip and the employee (Person X) - but the pair 'repeatedly denied' the affair.

However, commenting ahead of the evidence given today by Ms McCall, Eamonn, 63, said: “I suppose some of the areas she has to reassure people is, what is she like as regards protecting those who are vulnerable and the disciplinary procedures? They use all the usual nonsense and rubbish that they talk about, but they have to investigate.

Eamonn Holmes has called for ITV bosses to prove they thoroughly investigated Phillip Schofield's behaviour on This Morning (GB News)

“When they investigated and they asked Schofield did you have an affair with this guy, which is what they didn't ask - I know exactly what they asked.

“And they then asked the young lad (Person X) involved in all of this. They need a transcript of what actually took place that day because that was not a thorough investigation.”

The veteran broadcaster hasn't held back in his criticism of ITV, Phillip and current This Morning host Holly Willoughby.

The husband of Loose Women's Ruth Langsford dropped a number of 'truth bombs' in his interview with Dan Wootton on GB News while accusing the broadcaster of a "cover-up".

He hasn't held back over his criticism of ITV (Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
Eamonn said Phil was now 'totally discredited' (S Meddle/ITV/REX)

Adding further fuel to the fire on his show today, Eamonn said: “He [Schofield] is totally discredited. He's admitted he's lied to his colleagues, to the Daily Mail, to his family, his agents, to everyone. And yet, people are deaf to this.

“People sit and go, ‘Poor Philip, what's he going through? He's been bullied’. He's been this, he’s been that. The man has lied. He's admitted he's lied.

“And where do we go from here? Carolyn McCall, what did you do about it? Because she's woke sensitive…she's a very hands-on chief executive, but her hands are in all the wrong places it appears.”

When asked about former ITV talent, including the Belfast-born presenter, who have spoken out in the wake of Phil's departure, boss Kevin Lygo told the parliamentary committee they often feel they have a 'divine right' to stay on the network and in turn, 'hit out when things go wrong for others still with the channel'.

During his shock statement in which he admitted to having the "unwise but illegal" affair, Phil admitted lying to ITV, his agency and Holly.

After stepping down from the 'show he loves', he said: "I am painfully conscious that I have lied to my employers at ITV, to my colleagues and friends, to my agents, to the media and therefore the public and most importantly of all to my family. I am so very, very sorry, as I am for having been unfaithful to my wife."

The Mirror has contacted ITV for comment.

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