Fern Britton with Phillip Schofield in bubble

This Morning ‘snubs’ Phillip Schofield as Fern Britton makes appearance: ‘Trying to airbrush Phil out’

She hosted the show with him for years

Fern Britton was on This Morning with Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley today (March 27), with the ITV1 show accused of “trying to airbrush out” her former co-host Phillip Schofield.

Fern returned to her former workplace to speak to Ben and Cat about her time on Celebrity Big Brother.

During the interview, a throwback clip of Fern’s time on the show was played. However, viewers were left confused when a certain someone seemed to be “airbrushed” out.

Fern Britton on This Morning
It was a This Morning comeback for Fern Britton today (Credit: ITV)

Fern Britton returns to This Morning

Fern, of course, presented This Morning from 2002 to 2009, famously co-hosting alongside Phil.

However, upon her return today, a clip was instead chosen from a rare occasion that she was hosting alongside a very youthful looking Ben.

Fern and Phillip hosting This Morning
Back in the day, Fern used to host This Morning alongside Phillip Schofield (Credit: ITV)

‘How gorgeous are we!’

Ben introduced the 2005 clip, saying: “The first time I hosted this show was with Fern.”

As it played, Fern gasped: “Oh, man alive! Oh how gorgeous are we?”

Fern Britton presenting This Morning with Ben Shephard
A clip was played of Fern presenting with Ben (Credit: ITV)

However, it was not their gorgeous looks that were on many ITV viewers’ minds. Instead, some immediately took to Twitter to comment on what they saw as the very pointed absence of Phillip.

“This Morning trying to airbrush Phil out in Fern’s interview. We all remember,” one person tweeted.

Somebody else made the same observation: “#ThisMorning digging out an old clip of Ben and Fern instead of one of the thousands of old clips of her and Schofe.”

A third agreed: “Don’t mention Phil,” and a fourth: “Put Ben up in that clip not Schofe #thismorning.”

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV1 and ITVX.

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Gabrielle Cracknell
Freelance Writer