Phillip Schofield’s This Morning departure addressed by hosts
Alison Hammond described Phillip Schofield as “one of the best broadcasters”, while Dermot O’Leary thanked his former This Morning co-star for the past 20 years.
However, speaking in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, body language expert, Adrianne Carter shared her thoughts on the pair’s body language.
“Alison is confident and focused on delivering the pre-prepared statement,” Adrianne began.
“Dermot’s body language is more revealing. His strange angle of standing reveals his discomfort in the situation.
“It’s not a strong or confident delivery, it’s a more submissive and uncomfortable delivery.”
When asked whether Alison and Dermot’s tribute was “genuine”, the expert continued: “Hard to say when it’s so pre-prepared, particularly by Alison – she was super prepared.
“Her tone of voice and body language was on point but whether it was genuine is hard to guess.
“I think her facial expression may have shown some ‘dislike’ emotion but what that was directed toward is hard to say without being able to question her further on the comments.”
As Alison welcomed viewers to the show, pictures of Phillip appeared on the screen.
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She stated: “We can’t start the show without paying tribute to the man who spent the last two decades sitting on the This Morning sofa, Phillip Schofield.”
Dermot continued: “As a show – everyone on screen and off screen at ITV and This Morning wants to say a huge thank you to Phil for everything he has done to make this show a success over the past 20 years.”
Alison went on: “Quite simply, we all know he’s one of the best live television broadcasters this country has ever had. And we and all the team wish him all the best for the future.”
While Dermot added: “Holly’s taking a break for half term – she’ll be back on the show on June 5.”
However, as the titles of the show rolled, fans also noticed Phillip and Holly had both been cut from the credits.
Announcing his departure from the show on Saturday, Phillip shared: “I have always been proud to cover fascinating stories on This Morning.
“But recently, This Morning itself has become a story. Throughout my career in TV – including the very difficult last few days – I have always done my best to be honourable and kind.
“I understand that ITV has decided the current situation can’t go on, and I want to do what I can to protect the show that I love.
“So I have agreed to step down from This Morning with immediate effect, in the hope that the show can move forward to a bright future.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me – especially This Morning’s amazing viewers – and I’ll see you all for the Soap Awards next month.”
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
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