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Phillip Schofield is selling the flat where he used to spend ‘Playtime Thursdays’ with his younger lover, it has been claimed.
The former This Morning presenter, 61, and his wife Stephanie, 59, are said to have put the ‘immaculate’ two-bedroom penthouse in south London on the market for £1.2million – the same price they paid in 2012 when it had just been built. A listing appears to show the asking price has now been reduced by £100,000.
The property was where Schofield would take his junior colleague for secret trysts before the studio runner left the next morning in a taxi paid for by ITV, his former colleague Eamonn Holmes has claimed.
‘It has been on the market for a while now. Apparently there has been one offer recently but the buyer dropped out,’ a source told The Sun.
‘It seems like the Schofields are now unfussed about making a profit and just want rid of it since their split.’
Phillip Schofield enters his London apartment, which he is now said to have put on the market
Schofield would take his junior colleague for secret trysts at the property before the studio runner left the next morning in a taxi paid for by ITV, Eamonn Holmes has claimed
Schofield taking a selfie inside the apartment, which was not far from the former This Morning studio
The flat, which is in a gated development, is said to be in ‘very good condition’ and the ‘perfect setting for entertaining’.
It has views of The Shard and is near The London Studios where This Morning used to be filmed before the programme moved to the Television Centre in White City in 2018.
In an interview with Dan Wootton on GB News, Holmes claimed Schofield’s lover was secretly ferried between ITV’s studios and the presenter’s flat in an attempt to hide their affair.
The pair are said to have entered through an adjacent hotel to avoid any suspicions of their secret trysts.
Holmes said: ‘Thursday was playtime when he and Phillip would hit the town and then he obviously stayed overnight. There are records to show that he was brought in the next day separately in cars paid for by ITV.’
Calling the younger man ‘lovely’, and a ‘really good talented fella’, he said the taxi to work on a Friday morning was part of a ‘cover-up’ by ITV bosses.
He said: ‘Unless Phillip paid the bills separately, it would still have to go through the accounts office. They would have seen that and known.’
ITV has now been forced to call in investigators to get to the heart of the scandal after days of mounting pressure.
Phillip shaking hands on the set of This Morning with the man he had an affair with
Schofield and Willoughby pictured with the young man, who worked as a runner
In a humiliating climbdown after a crisis staff meeting, the broadcaster said it was bringing in a barrister to ‘carry out an external review to establish the facts’.
The future of This Morning, which was jointly hosted by Schofield and Holly Willoughby until he had to resign over an affair, is now uncertain.
ITV bosses have been urged to admit what they knew and when about the veteran presenter’s fling with a much younger colleague.
They refused to answer questions from the Mail about the investigation they claimed to have carried out in 2020 and over whether a new probe would be opened.
Schofield resigned last Friday and was dropped by his talent agency after admitting – in an extraordinary statement to this newspaper – his ‘unwise but not illegal’ affair.
ITV chiefs will appear before the Commons culture committee on Tuesday to be grilled about This Morning’s ‘toxic’ culture.
And Schofield could himself be hauled before MPs at a later date, it emerged last night.
‘It really depends on how things develop,’ said a member of the committee. ‘It’s a decision for down the road after we establish the facts.’