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Siobhan Macdonald

James Haskell claims Holly Willoughby 'knew' about Philip Schofield affair

Ex-rugby star James Haskell has accused Holly Willoughby of knowing about Phillip Schofield's affair with a younger male colleague.

Holly, 42, returned to This Morning on Monday after an extended half-term break and addressed viewers stating that she was 'hurt' to find out that Phillip, 61, lied to her about the affair. Former rugby star James has hit out at Holly and claims 'she knew' about the inappropriate relationship.

James, who is the son-in-law of former This Morning presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, claimed everyone was aware of the affair. Speaking on the Jeremy Vine Show, the 37-year-old shared his thoughts on the This Morning scandal.

Speaking on the Channel 5 show, James said: "Utter nonsense. She [Holly] asked: 'Are you ok?' A bloke off the TV cheated on his wife, I think I'll survive, I think I'll live. This is 2023 in a nutshell.

"I knew about this years ago, of course she [Holly] knows. Everybody knows."

I'm A Celebrity winner Myleene Klass added: "I think it's a case of the conversations that happen on that sofa, these are people who are trusted and welcomed into our house."

This comes after Holly returned to her regular This Morning presenting role alongside Josie Gibson and delivered a statement on the scandal.

She said: "Deep breath - firstly, are you OK? I hope so. It feels very strange sitting here without Phil and I imagine you might be feeling a lot like I have - shaken, troubled, let down, worried for the wellbeing of people on all sides of what's been going on, and full of questions.

"You, me, and all of us at This Morning gave our love and support to someone who was not telling the truth, who acted in a way that they themselves felt that they had to resign from ITV and step down from a career that they loved. That is a lot to process.

"And it's equally hard to see the toll that it's taken on their own mental health. I think what unites us all now is a desire to heal for the health and wellbeing of everyone.

"I hope that as we start this new chapter and get back to a place of warmth and magic that this show holds for all of us, we can find strength in each other."

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