Following Phillip Schofield‘s retirement from This Morning, Rochelle Humes wrote a moving tribute to him.
Phil, 61, announced his departure from the ITV daytime show with ‘immediate effect’ over the weekend, with hosts Alison Hammond, 48, and Dermot O’Leary, 49, addressing his departure on today’s edition.
‘Quite simply, we all know he’s one of the finest live television presenters this country has ever had, and we and all the crew wish him all the best for the future,’ Alison remarked to viewers at home.
Following the episode, Rochelle, 34, expressed gratitude to Phil for being a “fountain of knowledge and laughter.”
She took to Instagram to post three flashback photographs of them anchoring This Morning together.
‘I’ve proudly been a part of the This Morning family for almost 10 years and over the last few, it has been an absolutely pleasure learning so much from you,’ she said.
‘Thanks for all the lessons – you’re a fountain of love knowledge and laughter.’
Phil’s last day on This Morning was last Thursday, when the broadcaster announced he would not be returning for a final show.
His resignation came after allegations of a falling out with his long-time co-host Holly Willoughby, as well as his brother’s sex assault conviction.
Phil, who also shared the news in a post to his Instagram story, said in a statement: ‘I have always been proud to cover fascinating stories on This Morning. But recently, This Morning itself has become the story.
‘Throughout my career in TV – including the very difficult last few days – I have always done my best to be honourable and kind.
‘I understand that ITV has decided the current situation can’t go on and I want to do what I can to protect the show that I love.
‘So I have agreed to step down from This Morning with immediate effect, in the hope that the show can move forward to a bright future.
Holly returns to the This Morning studio on Monday, June 5.
This Morning continues on Tuesday at 10am on ITV1.