Phillip Schofield: ITV bosses to face MPs in televised grilling

ITV bosses are set to be quizzed by MPs over their handling of the Phillip Schofield scandal.

Executives from the broadcaster will face the Commons Culture, Media and Sports Committee in a televised grilling on Tuesday.

It comes after Schofield, 61, resigned from ITV on Friday and was dropped by his talent agency YMU after admitting to an "unwise, but not illegal" affair with a younger male colleague.

The relationship took place while the TV star was still married and before he came out as gay.

The presenter has also been dropped as an ambassador of the Prince's Trust, founded by King Charles, after his admission of the affair, with the charity saying it was "no longer appropriate" to work with him.

ITV has been accused of "covering up" the scandal and is likely to face questions over the effectiveness of an internal investigation which found no evidence of the relationship.

Speaking to The Sun's assistant showbiz editor Amanda Devlin, TalkTV's Julia Hartley-Brewer said: "ITV executives decide what we get to see on TV, they get to decide what news we see, who is on our screens and who isn't.

"It seems people have been thrown under the bus because they don't have the correct views, and that there are some people who are protected. Was there a cover-up?"

Ms Devlin replied: "I just can't see a way out of this. We also don't know why Holly and Phil actually fell out in the first place. It's just been such crazy timing that everything has spiralled since that point."

There has been speculation over whether Schofield's co-host Holly Willoughby will return to This Morning following an unscheduled half-term break.

ITV are expecting her back in the studio on Monday.

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