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Alison Hammond breaks down in tears live on This Morning as she speaks out about Phillip Schofield

Dominic Smithers

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Alison Hammond had to hold back the tears as she spoke about the ongoing Phillip Schofield scandal.

Since the news broke that the long-time This Morning presenter was leaving the show after two decades, many have speculated as to the reason why.

Schofield issued a statement last week in which he admitted to having had an affair with a young runner, who used to work on the show.

Former colleagues, including Holly Willoughby, have since come out and denied that they new anything about the relationship, which Schofield said was 'unwise' but 'not illegal'.

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But until yesterday evening (1 June), fans of the show had yet to hear anything more from the 61-year-old about the affair.

Schofield has now done interviews with The Sun and the BBC, explaining what happened and why, denying that he 'groomed' his ex-lover.

Alison Hammond had to fight back the tears as she discussed Phillip Schofield live on This Morning. Credit: ITV
Alison Hammond had to fight back the tears as she discussed Phillip Schofield live on This Morning. Credit: ITV

And after watching the clip from the BBC interview, where Schofield said he was only alive today because of the love of his daughters, Hammond was clearly upset during today’s (2 June) episode of This Morning.

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Trying to hold back the tears, she said: "I love Phillip Schofield and it's weird because I still love Phillip Schofield.

"However what he has done is wrong. He's said sorry, but as a family we're all really struggling to process everything. I never know what to say."

She went on: "I remember what my mum said - my mum always said, use your bible as your Sat Nav in life Al. In the bible it says 'he without sin can pass the first stone'.

"I just don't want to say anything bad, because obviously I'm in conflict, that's how I feel."

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This comes after Schofield sat down with The Sun and opened up about the fallout from his This Morning departure and affair.

Phillip Schofield told the BBC that he's had suicidal thoughts. Credit: BBC
Phillip Schofield told the BBC that he's had suicidal thoughts. Credit: BBC

When asked how he was, he replied: “I am in a very bad way. Mentally, utterly, utterly broken.

“And if it hadn’t been for my girls last week I wouldn’t be here.

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“I know I deserve it but they said, ‘Don’t you dare, we’re here to look after you’. I feel embarrassed and ashamed.

“I have just felt like I was going lower and lower and lower and lower. And then, this bizarre, numbness washes over you, like a selfishness.

“I’ve had such a s*** couple of years, and with this ultimate final cataclysm, I looked ahead at nothing and the girls said, ‘Don’t, we are here to look after you. Don’t you dare do it on our watch’.

“And that took me one step back and they won’t leave me alone. They were guarding me.”

Topics: Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield, This Morning, UK News, Celebrity, ITV

Dominic Smithers
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