John Cleese blasts fall out from Schofield’s ITV exit as ‘astonishingly trivial’

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John Cleese opened up to GB News about how Phillip Schofield’s exit from This Morning and ITV has stolen the spotlight from more important topics.

When asked about how the row had engulfed ITV, he said: “It seems to me to be astonishingly trivial.

“Aren’t there quite important things going on in the world at the moment?

“And to concentrate on this, I always wonder, why is it that the right-wing press don’t want to have to talk about how awful the Government is, and so they’re looking for any other story?”

During his interview with Camilla Tominey, he continued to slam the Government.

John is recording a series of programmes for GB News with the first set to air in September.

The actor took to Twitter after it came to light Phillip had left ITV following an admission of an affair with a younger colleague.

He mocked: “I read that poor old Phillip Schofield is being punished by not being allowed to present awards at the British Soap Awards.

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“I’m puzzled. I would have thought that a better punishment would be to make him present the British Soap Awards.”

It has been claimed the scandal surrounding Phillip’s affair with a younger male colleague could “cost ITV tens of millions”.

A TV insider told GB News: “Even if executives can save This Morning the damage caused by the last 72 hours has been done.

“Executives are now expecting the ITV share price to drop when the stock markets open, but their biggest concern is about how advertisers react.”

They added: “The brand has been so badly damaged. ITV knows many of their partners will be looking at things and reviewing their position.”

An ITV spokesperson confirmed when rumours of a relationship between Phillip and an employee first began to circulate in early 2020, ITV investigated.

They added: “Both parties were questioned and both categorically and repeatedly denied the rumours as did Phillip’s then agency YMU.

“In addition, ITV spoke to a number of people who worked on This Morning and were not provided with, and did not find, any evidence of a relationship beyond hearsay and rumour.

“Phillip’s statement reveals he lied to people at ITV, from senior management to fellow presenters, to YMU, to the media and to others over this relationship.”

This Morning airs on weekdays on ITV from 10am.

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