Phillip Schofield “reluctantly declined” to participate in an external review following his departure from ITV because of the “risk to his health”.
The presenter quit This Morning – which he had hosted for more than 20 years – after admitting to an “unwise but not illegal” relationship with a younger male colleague, who also refused to participate in the review.
Schofield admitted lying about the affair and was dropped by his talent agency, YMU.
Of 48 people interviewed by Jane Mulcahy KC, who led the review, only one reported any knowledge of the affair – a former junior member of staff, the barrister said.
They did not report their knowledge at the time, Ms Mulcahy added, and “nor did others report suspicions from much earlier in 2017”.
Many junior employees “remain convinced that to speak out will have a detrimental impact on their careers”, Ms Mulcahy said.
That is despite her having “no doubt” that senior ITV management are “absolutely wedded to the importance of an open culture”.
However, that culture is “not filtering down to junior employees”, Ms Mulcahy said.
In future, she is recommending that ITV set out clear guidelines to ensure good behaviour “even by those who are household names”.
ITV’s management “made considerable efforts to determine the truth” about the affair, the review found.
But in the “face of the denials of the individuals involved, ITV was unable to uncover the relevant evidence”, it added.
Ms Mulcahy said it was “clear” that Phillip Schofield’s “patronage” assisted his younger colleague in the “early days of his time at ITV”.
Beyond that, however, he appeared to have “made his way on his own”.
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