Phillip Schofield was worried coming out as gay on TV would seem like a ‘publicity stunt’.
The 58-year-old presenter – who has been married to wife Stephanie for 27 years – opened up about his sexuality on This Morning last year, and he put a lot of thought into how and when to make the emotional announcement.
Speaking on the Life podcast, he said: ‘I discussed how we were going to do it with Steph obviously and then my team around me… And I said to Holly, “It has to be on This Morning”, I owe it to our viewers because you know it is all a family, they have to be the first to hear…
‘So I said, “I think I’m going to do it on a Thursday, like first thing on a Thursday, and then I will get up and go and then you carry on and we’ll get someone else in to finish the show with you”, and she went, “What?!”
‘I said “Well, I think that’s probably best” She said, “There’s no chance, no chance you are going to do that and then get up and go and then I continue without you. What are you saying? No, we do this together. We do it together and then we leave together”
‘And I said “Well it has to be a Friday then”… Eamonn and Ruth were brought into the conversation much later but they were as obviously as gracious as you would expect them to be that I needed to nick 10 minutes of their show. And so that was it, that was decided.’
However, there were still some details to be figured out, as Phil didn’t want to make the announcement ‘too close’ to the National Television Awards.
He explained: ‘And then the date was decided because we didn’t want it to be too close to the NTAs, we didn’t want to look like it was a publicity thing.
‘And then I can remember saying, “This is ridiculous, you know, this is the biggest thing I’m ever gonna do in my life. How is this a publicity stunt for what?”
‘And then, you know, the date was set, it’s going to be Friday, the seventh of February and I describe this all in detail of the moment that led up to my thumb pressing that button and posting the message.’
When it came to the interview itself, Phillip was glad to be sat with his long-time friend and co-host, who was able to strike the right balance with her questions.
‘I sat on the sofa with Holly, and there’s no way it would have been anyone else. There’s not a single person on this planet that I would have done that with other than Holly,’ he said.
‘It was only going to be her. And she was unbelievable. When you’re sitting opposite a mate who is doing this – it’s a fine line
‘She had to ask the right questions she had. She couldn’t give me an easy ride, it had to be tough questions.
‘But at the same time, making sure that I was okay because she knew that I wasn’t. It was tough. That was a very difficult gig for her but she was so magnificent.’
Credit: Original article published here.