The truth about those Phillip Schofield comeback rumours: KATIE HIND reveals ... trends now

The truth about those Phillip Schofield comeback rumours: KATIE HIND reveals ... trends now
The truth about those Phillip Schofield comeback rumours: KATIE HIND reveals ... trends now

The truth about those Phillip Schofield comeback rumours: KATIE HIND reveals ... trends now

An evening out with I'm A Celebrity host Declan Donnelly, captured by the paparazzi, was bound to prompt speculation.

Was former television star Phillip Schofield about to make a sensational comeback?

The dinner, which took place close to the fallen star's West London home, could be interpreted in many ways: as Dec is also close friends with Holly Willoughby, some wondered if he was acting as a go-between for the former best friends, or whether the meal was part of a cleverly choreographed rehabilitation plan to bring Schofield back to our screens, perhaps to ITV, with everyone agreeing to forgive and forget?

Absolutely not, I'm told.

This weekend marks a year since Schofield's epic tumble from grace, when, after years of lying about his long-term romance with a much younger This Morning colleague, he decided to tell the truth in a jaw-dropping mea culpa to the Mail, in which he apologised for lying to this newspaper — to me — and also his bosses and viewers.

The reaction to this gushing outpouring of regret was not what he expected. He was immediately dumped by YMU, the fearsome talent agency that had represented him for more than 25 years, and forced to resign from ITV.

Former This Morning host Phillip Schofield, 62, was pictured earlier this month smiling with I'm A Celebrity star Declan Donnelly, 48, charging rumours that a return to TV for the axed presenter is on the cards

Former This Morning host Phillip Schofield, 62, was pictured earlier this month smiling with I'm A Celebrity star Declan Donnelly, 48, charging rumours that a return to TV for the axed presenter is on the cards

But, as insiders tell me, the past 12 months have done nothing to dampen Schofield's self-belief. He remains furious and still sees himself as the victim of the saga.

There have been rumours circulating that Schofield was to take legal action against ITV, where he also hosted quiz show The Cube and the now defunct British Soap Awards. His lawyer, Jonathan Coad, denies this, however.

Yet wild whispers continue that he will return to ITV, his home for almost 30 years, where he made his name as the king of daytime TV, alongside Holly Willoughby on the This Morning sofa.

So far, every executive I have mentioned this to has either looked at me as if I'm mad, or immediately explained what absolute nonsense it is.

'We don't want him, why would we want him back?' asked one senior member of staff at the network. 'The place is much nicer without him.'

But perhaps the more surprising reason there won't be a return is, I'm told, due to his conviction that he was wronged by ITV, where he believes he was a 'loyal servant' of the channel.

During his epic tumble from grace, Mr Schofield's failing friendship with ITV co-host Holly Willoughby, 43, became a national fascination

During his epic tumble from grace, Mr Schofield's failing friendship with ITV co-host Holly Willoughby, 43, became a national fascination

'Phillip firmly believes that he has been mistreated by ITV. He thinks he was thrown under the bus. From some of what he says, he feels he is the victim,' a source told me.

As everyone knows, however, there is a real victim in the story: the star-struck young man, who first met Schofield when he was just 15, during a visit to his theatre school in the North West of England. A year on, life for him has been far from rosy.

He is still struggling to come to terms with the relationship and how infamous it became — particularly across social media. After leaving ITV with a pay out, insiders say he went abroad. There was a stint at another terrestrial broadcaster before life in the industry became too much and he left to work in a pub.

Although the press had agreed not to

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