Was there a long line at the restaurant, Phil? Schofield looks sad as he heads out to dinner with his daughter as the rowing rages in the queue
Philip Schofield under fire cuts a frustrated figure into an evening with his daughter amid the fallout from a royal queue storm.
The presenter looked tired and depressed in his first off-screen public appearance since he and This Morning co-star Holly Willoughby were accused of crossing the 13-hour line waiting to see the Queen lying down.
Dressed in a gray blazer, jeans and a black jacket, Schofield appeared to be having a deep conversation with his daughter Molly and boyfriend Will Griffson as they visited a restaurant near his home in west London.
They had dinner in the restaurant until 11pm on a Wednesday, and apparently waiters stayed at the back to serve them. One witness said, “Staff were seen clearing tables and packing things away while Scofield, 60, and his daughter went about eating and drinking.” Five minutes after they left, employees were seen heading home. Perhaps they didn’t want to rush Phil.
The topic of the dinner conversation would have been “The Waiting Gate” because Molly is the talent manager at trade show agency YMU, who has represented Schofield for more than two decades. She also runs stars like Davina McCall and Rochelle Humes.
The next morning, Scofield is back on screen with Miss Willoughby, 41, his partner on ITV’s daytime show of 13 years.
Presenters used press accreditation to visit Westminster Hall last week while other stars, including David Beckham and Susanna Reid, waited for hours with the audience.
ITV insists that neither Schofield nor Miss Willoughby crossed the waiting list and that they were there in a professional capacity as part of the international media to report on the event.
Dressed in a gray jacket, jeans and a black jacket, Schofield (left) appeared to be having a deep conversation with his daughter Molly (right) and boyfriend Will Griffson as they visited a restaurant near his home in west London.
A petition to remove bidders from this morning reached over 62,000 signatures, and the class said it left Miss Willoughby (pictured with Schofield) crying.
The couple addressed the allegations in an 11-minute pre-recorded clip that aired this morning on Tuesday, in which Ms. Willoughby said, “We weren’t going to go to the queue.”
A petition to remove bidders from this morning has reached more than 62,000 signatures, and the class said it left Miss Willoughby in tears.
She recently launched her own lifestyle brand and has a £1m deal with Marks & Spencer. Understandably, her actors are very concerned about how her “girl next door” reputation will be tarnished.
A source said: ‘Brand Holly was a triumph, everyone loved her, her fan base was extraordinary but the tide has turned.
Yesterday’s former This Morning host Eamonn Holmes described Miss Willoughby and Schofield as “arrogant”. Pictured: A clip from this morning’s article that Holly and Phil were working on professionally, according to ITV.
If you look at some of the comments out there, you will find that their popularity is dwindling down to earth. Holly will be angry. She worked really hard for this but a lot of people close to her think this was an absolute PR disaster.
Yesterday’s former This Morning host Eamonn Holmes described Miss Willoughby and Schofield as “arrogant”.
The announcer, who had a long feud with Schofield while they were on ITV, added: “Let’s tell the truth about the whole thing. They got it wrong, and instead of being smug and saying, “We were there working as journalists,” why not just say, “Yeah, we thought it would be a good idea.”