Philip Scofield’s popularity ‘falls as he loses massive social media following’


This Morning’s Philip Schofield’s popularity has reportedly plummeted as he has lost a host of social media followers amid his tailgating scandal.

The presenter, 60, has lost more than 12,000 followers on Instagram in the past month – while in contrast co-star Holly, 41, has seen an increase in her fan following online, according to The sun.

The duo have come under scrutiny after claims they ‘jumped the queue’ to see the Queen at last week’s celebration, and an online petition to have the duo sacked from their lucrative leading roles has reached 65,000 signatures.

Oh no: This Morning's Philip Schofield's popularity is reportedly on the wane as he loses a host of social media followers amid his tailgating scandal

Oh no: This Morning’s Philip Schofield’s popularity is reportedly on the wane as he loses a host of social media followers amid his tailgating scandal

Statistics compiled by social media analytics website Social Blade, seen by the publication, reveal that Phil has been gradually losing fans over the past 12 months, but experienced his biggest drop this week.

Over the past year, Phil has lost 117,769 fans on Twitter and Instagram, while Holly has gained 787,783.

As of September 2021, Philip has lost 89,260 followers on Instagram, with 10,170 of those fans unfollowing him in the last 30 days alone and 2,941 in the last week.

Tough: The duo have come under scrutiny after claims they 'jumped the queue' to see the Queen lie down last week, and an online petition to have the duo sacked from their lucrative leading roles has reached 65,000 signatures

Tough: The duo have come under scrutiny after claims they ‘jumped the queue’ to see the Queen lie down last week, and an online petition to have the duo sacked from their lucrative leading roles has reached 65,000 signatures

In contrast, Holly gained a total of 729,202 new followers on Instagram over the past 12 months and attracted 35,790 new fans on the platform over the past 30 days.

Meanwhile on Twitter, Phil has lost 28,508 followers in the last 12 months, with 5,655 of those fans unfollowing him in the last 30 days.

During the same period, Holly gained 58,581 new followers on the platform.

Philip has a total of 3,032,459 followers on Instagram and 4,482,362 on Twitter.

Caught on camera: Holly and Phil were pictured entering the venue through a door which was clearly marked as not for public access - thought to be an entrance for members of the media

Caught on camera: Holly and Phil were pictured entering the venue through a door which was clearly marked as not for public access – thought to be an entrance for members of the media

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Holly and Phil for comment.

This Morning bosses refused to give presenters Holly and Philip ‘VIP access’ and filed ‘past the Queen lying on the sidelines’ while filming a segment for the program at Westminster Hall in London last week.

With reports that the five-mile long queue was closed for six hours on Friday, pushing waiting times to “at least 14 hours”, the TV duo were said to have joined a separate queue and were ushered into a press gallery.

The hosts have not commented on the allegations since issuing a statement on Tuesday’s show insisting they “didn’t jump the queue”.

A clearer view: A photo of Westminster Abbey - highlighting where the media box is, where the public queue is and where Holly and Phil appear to be walking

A clearer view: A photo of Westminster Abbey – highlighting where the media box is, where the public queue is and where Holly and Phil appear to be walking

An ITV spokesperson added in a statement to MailOnline: ‘There was press accreditation this morning and, like other media, Philip and Holly were escorted to work from the press gallery by government staff.

“They didn’t go past the Queen’s coffin.” They were there along with a host of other broadcasters and national media for material that will air on Tuesday’s show. All allegations of misconduct are categorically false.”

However, in a statement released by ITV on Saturday and later aired on Tuesday on This Morning, which was voiced by Holly, they both stopped short of using the word “sorry” – a move that left many viewers furious.

A source told MailOnline: ‘Every word of the statement was spilled. In the end, it backfired spectacularly.

“Initially Holly and Philip were prepared to apologize if they had upset anyone as they were both just desperate to draw the line under the affair. But they were strongly advised not to go down the path of excuses.

The backlash against the pair has been so great that TV insiders are expressing “serious concerns” for the presenters’ welfare after they appeared in tears and silenced on This Morning this week.

In the show’s first episode since the scandal broke, Holly and Phil vehemently denied viewers’ claims they were “too fancy to queue” and said they were at Westminster Hall on Friday “solely to report on the event’. ‘

The voiceover also emphasized the point: “Please know that we would never jump a line.”

Happy photo: Holly and Phil outside the Houses of Parliament.  They say none of the cameramen and journalists at the Queen's party took anyone's place in the queue

Happy photo: Holly and Phil outside the Houses of Parliament. They say none of the cameramen and journalists at the Queen’s party took anyone’s place in the queue

A TV source said on Wednesday night: “The abuse is nothing short of appalling, not least because they did nothing wrong and had every right to media accreditation to be able to inform their viewers.”

“There is huge, real and serious concern for their welfare and ITV is fully supporting them behind the scenes in the face of such relentless trolling. The channel supports them 110 percent.

Footage at Westminster Abbey appeared to show Holly and Phil, 60, walking in an area separate from the media box – but ITV has since insisted the stars did not join mourners walking past the coffin.

Statement: On Saturday, This Morning bosses denied show hosts Holly and Philip 'VIP access' and filed 'past the Queen lying in state'

Statement: On Saturday, This Morning bosses denied show hosts Holly and Philip ‘VIP access’ and filed ‘past the Queen lying in state’



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