Last Saturday the TV presenter announced that he was “stepping down” from a role he had held for 21 years amid reports that he had fallen out with co-star Holly Willoughby.
In an official statement, Schofield said: “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.”
Holmes, a former This Morning presenter himself, said on GB News he believed that Schofield “was sacked”.
ITV were quick to address this, with a representative adamant this was not the case.
The spokesperson told The Standard: “Phillip Schofield’s decision to step down from This Morning was (as his statement made clear) a decision agreed between Phillip and ITV.”
Regardless of circumstance, Piers Morgan called the way in which Schofield left “savage”.
He also criticised a 35-second tribute paid to Schofield during Monday’s show, saying he was “entitled to a better send-off”.
Speaking to Times Radio on Monday, Morgan went on to say that there is “nothing more ruthless” than the way broadcasters are treated when “the plug gets pulled”.
Adding: “Showbiz is a shallow pool of shark-infested waters, one day you’re c**k of the walk, the next you’re a feather duster.”