NTAs SPECIAL: Our interview with Phillip Schofield
One of our favourite people to catch up with on the red carpet of last night’s 21st annual National Television Awards was This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield. Here’s what ol’ Schofe had to tell us about everything from bondage to that rumoured rift between he and fellow anchor Holly Willoughby. Big congratulations to Phillip and the whole team of This Morning, who went on to win this year’s NTA for best live magazine show.
TVDaily: Hey Phillip! How do you feel?
Phillip Schofield: Great! It’s a lovely event for all of us. We all come down on the boat; a whole bunch of us have come down. But they leave you here, they don’t take you home, so we’re all walking back.
*Billy Connelly interrupts to say hi*
Oh – that’s quite nice when Billy Connelly comes by and says he’s just watched you this morning!
TVD: How do you feel about the sex stuff you cover on This Morning?
PS: Oh, it’s absolutely fine! I’m unshockable – can’t be shocked, can’t be surprised… We’ve done it all! Then again there’s nothing that we really do that Richard and Judy weren’t pushing the boundaries of years ago. There is a boundary that we constantly push. Also, we don’t do much of it; that’s the thing. Normally there’s a reason. For example, the whole bondage thing that we did that caused such a furore was all because of Fifty Shades of Grey. So there’s a reason to do it. We haven’t done it for months, but we’re always on the lookout for a good idea!
TVD: Do you ever have mornings where you’re just not in the mood to do the show?
PS: Well Holly and I have a long gossip in the makeup room beforehand, so by the time we get into the studio we’ve gone through everything – what happened the night before, what you’ve done, what’s annoying you, what’s gone wrong, what’s gone right, so we’ve done all of that anyway.
TVD: So how do you respond to rumours about a rift between you and Holly?
PS: I don’t know where it comes from! It’s hilarious! It’s just nonsense made up, and just irrelevant to us. After we’ve done This Morning we put our next lunch in the diary, the two of us go out, and we have a good ol’ goss’ and a laugh. My wife and Holly’s husband Dan get on, and everyone gets on as a foursome. It’s much more interesting if people say there’s a rift, but there really isn’t.
TVD: Did you ever predict your career would go in this direction?
PS: Well, you always think you’re lucky… It’s a lucky thing to be doing, and I never forget how lucky I am to be doing it. I’m lucky to have great shows, and great people that I work with, and I still enjoy my job after doing it for the amount of time that I’ve been doing it; I still love getting up in the morning and getting into work… We just last night shot the first in a new series of You’re Back in the Room, so we’re doing more of those, and it’s all lovely! It keeps me entertained, and interested, and sharp and bright, so I love it!
TVD: How much longer do you think you’ll be doing This Morning for?
PS: I’ll know when the time is right. Hopefully I’ve always known when the time is right…
TVD: Hopefully not for a while longer, as we love watching you every morning! Thanks Phillip!