Phillip Scofield on Friday admitted to having an affair with a younger man who worked on This Morning.
In response to Scofield’s statement to the Daily Mail, his agents at YMU Group said they had dropped the bidder.
Here’s Scofield’s statement in full: “I am making this statement via the Daily Mail to which I have already personally apologized for misleading, through a lawyer who I also misled, about a story they wanted to write about me a few days ago.
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“The first thing I want to say is: I am terribly sorry that I lied to them, and to many others about the relationship I had with someone at work this morning. I had an on-going relationship with a much younger co-worker this morning.
Contrary to speculation, while I met the man as a teenager and was asked to help him get into television, after he started working on the show it became more than friendship. That relationship was ill-advised, but not illegal. It’s over now.
“When I chose to move out, I did it entirely for my own welfare. No one ever forced me out. Neither I nor anyone else, as far as I know, ever made an injunction, excellent or otherwise, regarding my relationship with this fellow, that was not moved.” or dismissed by me or because of me.
“In an effort to protect my former colleague, I haven’t been honest about the relationship. But my recent, unrelated, exit from this morning has fueled speculation and raised questions that have affected him, so for his sake it’s important for me to be honest now.
“I am painfully aware that I have lied to my employers at ITV, to my colleagues and friends, to my agents, to the media and by extension to the public and, most of all, to my family. I am very, very sorry, as I am for being unfaithful to my wife.
“I have therefore decided to forego the British Soap Awards, my last public commitment, and resign from ITV with immediate effect to express my immense gratitude to them for all the wonderful opportunities they have given me. I would consider myself very poor judgment both in being involved in the relationship and then lying about it.”
“To protect his privacy, I am not naming this individual and it is my deepest hope that he and his family can now move on with their lives free from further interference, and that this statement will enable them to do so. I ask the media now to respect their privacy. They have done nothing wrong, and I ask for respect their privacy.”
Meanwhile, the Schofield agent issued the following statement: “Honesty and integrity are core values of YMU’s entire business, defining everything we do,” said Mary Bakhit, CEO of YMU Group.
Talent management is a relationship based entirely on trust.
“This week, we learned important new information about our client Philip Schofield. These facts contradict what Philip previously told YMU, as well as the outside advisors we have brought in to support him.
“As a result, on Thursday we agreed to separate the company with Philip, with immediate effect.”