Dorries brands Schofield ‘aggressive bully’ and says he ‘terrified’ ITV co-star

Nadine Dorries on being interviewed by Phillip Schofield

Nadine Dorries has branded Phillip Schofield a “bully”, accusing him of being “aggressive” on his ITV show.

She claimed he had a “bullying” attitude towards his co-host, claiming they looked “terrified”.

Speaking to Laura Kuenssberg’s show on the BBC, Ms Dorries claimed: “I just found him to be quite bullying in his attitude towards the co-host who was standing in for Holly Willoughby. And that made me feel more uncomfortable than answering the questions.

“When the camera was on me and I was talking, he started aggressively jabbing at the script with his hands so the pages were rattling and the co-presenter looked terrified.”

Mr Schofield on Friday admitted to having an affair behind his wife’s back with a young male co-worker.

In a statement to the Daily Mail, the former ITV Presenter claimed that while the affair was “unwise” it “wasn’t illegal”.

He has decided to step away from his agency, YMU, and ITV.

This means the 61-year-old will no longer present the British Soap Awards, which will air next month, or Dancing on Ice, which will return early next year.

He said: “It is with the most profound regret that after 35 years of being faultlessly managed by YMU I have agreed to step down from their representation with immediate effect.”

While ITV initially accepted Phillip’s apology, they have since issued a statement claiming they knew nothing about the affair.

The broadcaster said it investigated rumours of an affair between Phillip and a young male co-worker three years ago, but said the presenter lied to them, his co-stars, and his agents at the time.

An ITV spokesperson said: “Further to our statement last night, ITV can confirm that when rumours of a relationship between Phillip Schofield and an employee of ITV first began to circulate in early 2020 ITV investigated.

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

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