Phillip Schofield will be hosting new game show Five Gold Rings tonight (Sunday, September 1) on ITV at 7pm. Schofield will be hosting the show solo without his usual presenting partner Holly Willoughby. The pair have been hosting This Morning for 10 years now and insist they never fall out, but earlier this year Schofield was rumoured to have been snubbed by Willoughby following a magazine shoot.
How Schofe was snubbed by Holly Willoughby in shock row
Reports surfaced in early May that Schofield and Willoughby’s relationship had become fractured after they shot a cover for Sunday Times Magazine in April.
The cover image showed the pair standing cheek to cheek, but it was the photo itself that was the source of conflict.
The photograph showed a smiling Willoughby next to a more serious-looking Schofield.
The image also included a cartoon crown placed above Willoughby’s head and the headline: “Queen Holly: how Holly Willoughby eclipsed Phillip Schofield and became Britain’s hottest TV star.”
According to The Sun, The Sunday Times had to apologise to Schofield’s management.
A source told The Sun: “To say there has been a bit of tension is an understatement.
“It all kicked off after Phil and Holly agreed to do the Sunday Times Magazine interview, part of their contractual press obligations with ITV.
“They did [the interview] on the understanding they would be given equal billing and the interview would be about their success and popularity as a duo.
“But when the magazine dropped, Phillip was fuming that Holly had a crayon crown airbrushed on to her head while he was crown-less and pictured grumpily looking on in her shadow.
“The article itself was brilliant and the cover was a bit of irreverent fun. But Phillip was pretty peeved, to say the least — not with Holly but with how he had been usurped. For her part, Holly was also quite mortified and felt terrible.
“ITV, who set up the interview, kicked off and his team promptly received a letter of apology to smooth things over.
“Tensions spilled out into the Birmingham live event when Phillip was grumbling about it. It quickly became the talk of the set.
“Phillip basically stuck his neck on the line for Holly and got her the job on This Morning back in the day. Understandably, the whole thing was a bit galling.
“Like all best pals, they have their ups and downs. But for both of them, their friendship comes first.
“Long-term, nothing will get in the way of that.”
Willoughby was quick to put rumours of ‘feud’ between them to bed with a tribute to Schofield on Father’s Day in June.
She posted a picture of her and Schofield at the National TV Awards earlier this year with a very sweet caption.
The This Morning co-host wrote: “Talking of important men in my life on Father’s Day. Here’s another one. My partner on the telly and one of my best friends in the world…love you @schofe.’
Schofield responded to the post: “Awwww thank you bestie. Love you too. Happy Father’s Day to Dan xxxxxx.”
How long have Phillip and Holly worked together?
Phillip Schofield, 57 and Holly Willoughby, 38, began presenting together in 2006, hosting the first-ever series of Dancing on Ice.
When Fern Britton left This Morning in 2009, Willoughby joined Schofield on the sofa has his co-host.
Willoughby and Schofield presented This Morning ever since, which airs weekdays on ITV at 10:30am.
This year, they won their ninth consecutive award for Best Daytime Programme at the National Television Awards.
When Dancing on Ice returned to screens in 2018, after a four-year hiatus, Willoughby and Schofield also returned to host the show.
In December last year, Willoughby joined Declan Donnelly to present I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in Ant McPartlin’s absence.
Schofield held the fort on This Morning and was Willoughby’s biggest supporter as she spent a month filming in Australia.
Willoughby and Schofield also have a close friendship off-screen, posting pictures and videos of each other and their families spending time together across their social media accounts.
Five Gold Rings starts tonight at 7pm on ITV
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