Presenter Alison Hammond of This Morning broke down in tears when talking about her former co-worker Phillip Schofield live on air.
This week, Hammond has been co-hosting This Morning with Dermot O’Leary, and she stated she was finding the situation “really painful” after Schofield admitted to having an affair with a young co-worker.
Although she “still loves” Schofield, the TV personality added that “what he’s done is wrong.”
Following his resignation from ITV, Schofield, 61, stated in his first interviews that he had “lost everything” and discussed the “catastrophic effect” it had on his mind.
Appearing tearful, Hammond said: “I’m finding it really painful.
“I loved Phillip Schofield; it’s weird because I still love Phillip Schofield, however, what he’s done is wrong.
“He’s admitted it, he’s said sorry.
“As a family, we’re all really struggling to process everything – I never know what to say.
“I remember what my mum said, my mum always said ‘use your Bible as your satnav in life (Alison)’, and in the Bible it says ‘he without sin, casts the first stone’.
“I just don’t want to say anything bad because I’m in conflict.”
Regular guest Gyles Brandreth called it a “human story but with public implications”.
He added: “We are dealing with a human being that all of us here have known and liked over many years. So it makes it difficult for us.”
O’Leary also said: “I think so many of us are (conflicted).”
The presenter had made apparent reference to the charges of toxicity in the show’s production on Monday.
He said: “We all know we happen to be in the news at the moment and of course we appreciate that, but just from both of us, the whole team here, the crew, the guys downstairs, we love making this show for all of you.”
Co-host Hammond added: “We really do and that’s exactly what we are going to do, we are going to continue to do that.”