Phillip Schofield’s This Morning return date after brother’s trial

Phillip Schofield will be returning to This Morning later this month, it has been confirmed.

The TV presenter, 60, has been absent from the ITV daytime show over recent days while his brother Timothy Schofield's court trial took place. Timothy was found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy over a period of three years, it was announced on Monday.

Phillip was absent from This Morning last week, with Alison Hammond and Joel Dommett filling in for him, and will remain off work for the next two weeks, along with co-host Holly Willoughby, as they enjoy their scheduled Easter break.

Phillip will make his This Morning return on Monday 17 April following his three-week absence, the Mirror reports.

A source also told The Sun: "Phillip is on pre-planned leave and is due to return after the Easter holidays."

Phillip released a statement on Monday evening after his brother Timothy Schofield was found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy over a period of three years, where he stated he "no longer has a brother".

The TV star shared the message on his Instagram Stories. Phillip's statement read: "My overwhelming concern is and has always been for the wellbeing of the victim and his family.

"I hope that their privacy will now be respected."

He added: "If any crime had ever been confessed to me by my sibling, I would have acted immediately to protect the victim and their family.

"These are despicable crimes, and I welcome the guilty verdicts. As far as I am concerned, I no longer have a brother."

Timothy Schofield, 54, was charged with 11 sexual offences involving a child between October 2016 and October 2019.

A jury at Exeter Crown Court found him guilty of all counts with a majority of 10-2 after more than five-and-a-half hours of deliberation.

He denied the charges but was convicted of three counts of causing a child to watch sexual activity, three of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, three of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and two of sexual activity with a child.

Schofield has been remanded in custody by Judge Mrs Justice Cutts ahead of sentencing at Bristol Crown Court on May 19.

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