Phillip Schofield was jokingly asked out on a date by Strictly star Reverend Richard Coles in a live radio interview yesterday.
The This Morning host appeared on Radio 4’s Saturday Morning Live to discuss his new book, Life’s What You Make It.
During the interview, Phillip spoke with the host about when he came out as gay, and that he had seen two psychiatrists.
‘If you are listening to this and you’re struggling in some way, you have to talk to somebody,’ he began.
‘You can’t do this on your own, I had to talk to someone, I had two psychiatrists and I decided that psychiatry wasn’t for me.
‘I have a psychologist now and that works brilliantly for me.’
The interview then took an unexpected turn when Richard asked Phillip out for dinner.
He joked: ‘If you’re looking for a bit of company Phillip? Broadcaster, gay, in his middle years. Single.’
‘Are you asking me out?’ Phillip laughed.
‘Drink? Dinner?’ Richard added.
Co-host Shaun Keaveny chipped in: ‘I am privileged to be here for this.
‘I feel like a bit of a gooseberry now to be honest.’
Richard, who featured on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, lived with his partner Rev David Coles, who died after a long illness in December 2019.
In February, Phillip came out on This Morning in an interview with his co-host Holly Willoughby, after sharing a statement opening up about his sexuality to Instagram.
Phillip, who has been married to his wife Steph Lowe since 1993, opened up on how he felt ‘selfish’ at the time.
Appearing on Virgin Radio’s breakfast show with Chris Evans last Friday, Phil was asked: ‘Were you aware, when your thumb was hovering over the send button, that the Instagram post would also save lives?’
‘No,’ he responded. ‘It was only after that I realised. Because my head probably got very, very selfish. I thought a lot about me.’
Phil continued: ‘I got lost very much in the darkness of my own head, so I didn’t think about the wider consequences. I was concerned for my family, I was concerned about the job. How will people see me? Are they going to look at me differently?’
Credit: Original article published here.