In the wake of his affair with a younger male colleague, Phillip Schofield claimed to have “lost everything” and had a “catastrophic effect” on his mind.
The 61-year-old former This Morning host requested the media to “leave his former lover alone now” and said that the consequences from the revelations had been “relentless.”
Do you want me to die? He asked when discussing the abuse he has received after revealing the affair to the BBC’s Amol Rajan. just because I am there.
He said: “It is relentless, and it is day after day, after day after day.
“If you don’t think that that is going to have the most catastrophic effect on someone’s mind… do want me to die? Because that’s where I am.
“I have lost everything.”
Schofield admitted to the “unwise but not illegal” connection last week and resigned from ITV as a result. He was also sacked by his talent agency, YMU.
He claimed to be “utterly broken and ashamed” in his first interviews since quitting the broadcaster and This Morning, although he refuted charges that he had “groomed” the man.
The former Dancing on Ice presenter told The Sun tabloid that his former lover’s “totally innocent life” had suffered “the greatest misery” as a result of the aftermath from his covert affair.
And he added in his BBC interview: “There is an innocent person here who didn’t do anything wrong, who is vulnerable and probably feels like I do.
“And I just have to say stop with him, ok with me, but stop with him.
“Leave him alone now.”
And he also denied there had ever been a “feud” between him and his former co-presenter and “TV sister” Holly Willoughby.
“I’ve lost my best friend. I let her down,” he told The Sun.
“Holly did not know. And she was one of the first texts that I sent, to say, ‘I am so, so sorry that I lied to you’.”
Since 2009, the two had co-hosted This Morning, and Willoughby was scheduled to return to the program on Monday following the half-term break after taking an early vacation in the wake of Schofield’s departure.
Among the hosts of the program in recent weeks have been presenters Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary.
Schofield continued by saying that his former girlfriend would receive his “greatest apology” for the consequences of the affair and that he would “die sorry” for his actions.