Eamonn Holmes ‘has not been questioned in Phillip Schofield inquiry’ despite findings set to be published ‘very soon’ – after the GB News star accused ITV of a ‘cover up’
Eamonn Holmes and wife Ruth Langsford are both yet to be questioned as part of the independent investigation into the scandal surrounding the Phillip Schofield affair.
According to The sun Jane Mulcahy KC has not questioned the former This Morning presenters, despite the findings being published ‘very soon’.
ITV was in turmoil earlier this year after 61-year-old Philip admitted to having an ‘ill-advised but not illegal’ relationship with a much younger colleague, with the presenter eventually retiring from ITV altogether.
Amid the row, Eamonn accused the ITV bosses of a ‘cover-up’, claiming his wife Ruth had ‘looked after the younger colleague’ who was ‘in a bad way’.
In the months surrounding the scandal, This Morning came under heavy criticism, with ITV staff questioned about exactly what they knew about the affair, leading to the broadcaster announcing that they would bring in the KC to ‘carry out an external investigation to establish the facts’.
Enigmatic: Eamonn Holmes (pictured) and wife Ruth Langsford are both yet to be questioned as part of the independent inquiry into the scandal surrounding the Phillip Schofield affair
Investigation: Jane Mulcahy KC has not questioned the former This Morning presenters, despite the findings being published ‘very soon’ (Phillip Schofield pictured)
A source told the publication: ‘Eamonn has extensive knowledge of the atmosphere on This Morning and has previously said he thought Phil’s affair had been ‘covered up’.
“The fact that he has not been approached leads to confusion as he could play a key role in driving change at ITV.
Before adding, “If he and Ruth aren’t asked what they know, it seems the investigation into This Morning and what happened may not be as thorough as people first thought.”
MailOnline has reached out to Eamonn representatives for comment.
Meanwhile, Holly Willoughby has reportedly already spoken to the lawyer responsible for the independent investigation.
The host, 42, is said to have “fully complied and cooperated in everything the KC has asked of her,” reports The mirror.
And now it’s been reported that Holly played her part in the investigation, insisting she knew nothing about Phillip’s affair, while her friends claimed she had “nothing to hide.”
A source told The mirror“Holly happily did what was asked of her, explaining her point of view, and what she knew, and what she didn’t know.”
Scandal: Amid the fallout, Eamonn accused ITV bosses of a ‘cover up’, claiming wife Ruth had ‘looked after’ the younger colleague who was ‘in bad shape’ (LR) Ruth Langsford, Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofiled and Eamonn Holmes in 2020
Cover? A source said: ‘If he and Ruth aren’t asked what they know, it seems the investigation into This Morning and what happened may not be as thorough as people first thought.
Shocking: The presenter eventually stepped down from ITV altogether after his affair with the younger colleague came to light (Phil and the younger colleague pictured together)
MailOnline has reached out to representatives for Holly Willoughby for comment.
Jane Mulcahy KC has been brought in to lead the external review of the facts surrounding the scandal and is expected to publish her findings in September.
Holly is said to be one of the people who work at This Morning and helped Jane with her questions.
Meanwhile, senior ITV executives, including boss Kevin Lygo, have also been spoken to during the ongoing investigation.
Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival this week, the ITV director said: ‘She (Mulcahy) has spoken to everyone involved, they take your phone and look at every text you’ve ever sent, email, WhatsApp.
“So everything is available, lots of interviews, talking to everyone and I hope as soon as possible, but probably in September she’ll make that public.”
On how ITV is handling the duty of care, he added: ‘We take it, believe me, incredibly seriously.
Doing her bit: Meanwhile, Holly Willoughby has reportedly already spoken to the attorney responsible for the independent investigation
Investigations: Blackstone Chambers’ Jane Mulcahy KC has been tasked by ITV to carry out an outside investigation
Open: Holly played her part in the investigation, insisting she knew nothing about Phillip’s affair, while her friends would insist she “has nothing to hide.”
“We have nothing to hide and if we can adapt and change our process to make it better, then we should continue to do so.”
ITV bosses were under pressure to admit what they knew and when about the veteran presenter’s affair with a much younger colleague. They previously declined to answer questions from the Mail about the investigation they claimed to have conducted in 2020 and whether a new investigation would be opened.
Earlier this year, in ITV’s first concession to possible wrongdoing following the scandal, chief of staff David Osborn informed staff of the review, hoping to quell growing discontent.
The beleaguered CEO Carolyn McCall sent an almost identical letter to culture minister Lucy Frazer, culture committee chairwoman Dame Caroline Dinenage and TV regulator Ofcom.
Dame Carolyn wrote: ‘You will have seen the considerable media coverage of Phillip Schofield. As you would expect, we are taking the matter extremely seriously and have been reviewing our own data this weekend.” She said ITV was investigating ‘when rumors of a relationship between Phillip Schofield and an ITV employee first started circulating in late 2019/early 2020’.
Her letter continued: “Both parties were then questioned and categorically and repeatedly denied the rumors…
In addition, ITV spoke to a number of people who worked on the This Morning and wider daytime team who were given no information and found no evidence of a relationship beyond hearsay and rumor.
“Given the ongoing rumours, we continued to question both sides, who both continued to deny the rumours, even this month.”
But this week, sources close to the former production assistant said he insisted ITV never asked him about the relationship.
Speaking out: Holly was more than happy to do what was asked of her, explaining her point of view, and what she knew, and what she didn’t know’
Comment: Kevin Lygo has said the broadcaster has ‘nothing to hide’ as he confirmed they are cooperating with the independent investigation
Further questions arose when Eamonn Holmes, who presented Friday’s edition of This Morning until 2021, claimed the young lover had been taken to work from Schofield’s home in ITV taxis – after the assistant and Schofield enjoyed ‘playtime on Thursday’.
Dame Carolyn’s letter concluded with these words: ‘We have now instructed Jane Mulcahy KC (Blackstone Chambers) to conduct an external investigation to establish the facts. She will review our records and talk to those involved. This work also looks at our relevant processes… and whether we need to change or strengthen them.”
Ms Mulcahy, 62, represented the England and Wales Cricket Board earlier this year when it brought charges of alleged racism against former England captain Michael Vaughan, who was later cleared. She also acted for former BBC China editor Carrie Gracie in her successful fight against equal pay.
In a statement to the Mail, Schofield admitted lying about a one-time relationship with the man, which took place while he was married to his wife, Stephanie Lowe, mother of his two adult daughters.
Dame Carolyn said in her letter that she would “set out some facts” after she said there was “a lot of inaccuracy in the reporting.”
The Mail on Sunday revealed that Schofield met his lover when he was 15 and that the presenter was in his late 40s, giving a talk to a theater school as a favor to a friend.
The relationship started after the would-be runner, who had turned 18, moved to London and started working on This Morning.