Phillip Schofield denies he’s leaving This Morning amid reports the BBC is trying to poach him


PHILLIP Schofield has denied he’s leaving This Morning following reports ITV’s biggest rival is trying to poach him.

It’s thought BBC chiefs were lining up a multi-million pound offer to tease the 58-year-old away when his contract ends in 2021.

But as The Sun revealed, ITV are likely to put up a fight to keep their star – thought to earn around £1million a year – to keep his long-standing This Morning partnership with co-host Holly Willoughby, 39.

After reports of the BBC’s offer, Phillip replied to This Morning viewers on Twitter about his future on the ITV show.

A concerned fan asked the presenter on Twitter whether the rumours were true, adding: “This would surely be the WORST decision ever to make.”

Another begged: “@Schofe please please don’t say that you and Holly are leaving this morning?”

In response, Phillip said: “Course not” alongside crying with laugher emojis.

If he agrees it would bring an end to his long-standing This Morning partnership with co-host Holly.

ITV are likely to put up a fight to keep their star.

A move back to the Beeb would have seen Schofield’s career come full circle.

At 17 he became a tea boy at Broadcasting House in London after writing in begging for a job.

After moving across to ITV, Phil took over as This Morning co-host in 2002, first alongside Fern Britton then, from 2009, with Holly with whom he had formed a winning duo hosting Dancing on Ice from 2006.


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