Was there a long line at the restaurant Phil? Scofield looks downcast as he walks out with his daughter


Was there a long line at the restaurant Phil? Scofield looks downcast as he heads to dinner with daughter as queue-jumping scandal rages

Under fire Philip Schofield cuts a subdued figure during a night out with his daughter amid the aftermath of the royal tail storm.

The presenter looked tired and downcast in his first off-screen public appearance since he and This Morning co-star Holly Willoughby were accused of bypassing the 13-hour queue waiting to see the Queen lie in state.

Dressed smartly in a gray jumper, jeans and a black jumper, Scofield appeared to be engrossed in conversation with his daughter Molly and her boyfriend Will Grieveson as they visited a restaurant near his home in west London.

They dined at the restaurant until 11pm on Wednesday, with waiters apparently staying to serve them. “Staff were seen clearing tables and packing away while Scofield, 60, and his daughter continued to eat and drink,” a witness said. “Five minutes after they left, the staff were also seen going home. Maybe they didn’t want to rush Phil.

The topic of dinner conversation could have been “skipping the line,” as Molly is a talent manager at show business agency YMU, which has represented Scofield for more than two decades. She also manages stars such as Davina McCall and Rochelle Humes.

The following morning, Scofield was back on screen again with Miss Willoughby, 41, his co-star on the ITV daytime show for 13 years.

The presenters used press accreditation to visit Westminster Hall last week, while other stars including David Beckham and Susanna Reid waited for hours with the public.

ITV insists that neither Scofield nor Miss Willoughby jumped the queue and that they were there in a professional capacity as part of the world’s media to cover the event.

Dressed smartly in a gray blazer, jeans and a black pocket square, Scofield (left) appeared engrossed in conversation with his daughter Molly (right) and her boyfriend Will Grieveson as they visited a restaurant near his home in west London

Dressed smartly in a gray blazer, jeans and a black pocket square, Scofield (left) appeared engrossed in conversation with his daughter Molly (right) and her boyfriend Will Grieveson as they visited a restaurant near his home in west London

A petition to sack the This Morning presenters has reached more than 62,000 signatures and the row left Miss Willoughby (pictured with Schofield) in tears

A petition to sack the This Morning presenters has reached more than 62,000 signatures and the row left Miss Willoughby (pictured with Schofield) in tears

The couple addressed the allegations in a pre-recorded 11-minute segment which was shown on This Morning on Tuesday, with Miss Willoughby saying: “We would never jump the queue.”

A petition to sack the This Morning presenters has reached more than 62,000 signatures and the scandal is said to have left Miss Willoughby in tears.

She recently launched a lifestyle brand and has a £1 million deal with Marks & Spencer. Her representatives are understood to be very concerned about how her ‘girl next door’ reputation has been tarnished.

A source said: “The Holly brand was a triumph, everyone loved her, her fans were amazing, but the tide has turned.

Former This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes yesterday branded Miss Willoughby and Scofield “arrogant”. Pictured: A segment from This Morning which Holly and Phil worked on in a professional capacity, according to ITV

“If you look at some of the comments out there, her popularity is going down. Holly will be furious. She’s worked hard for it, but there are many close to her who think it’s an absolute PR disaster.

Former This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes yesterday branded Miss Willoughby and Scofield “arrogant”.

The presenter, who had a long-running feud with Scofield while they were both at ITV, added: “Let’s just tell the truth about the whole thing. They got it wrong, and instead of being arrogant and saying, ‘We were there working as journalists,’ why don’t they just say, ‘Yeah, we thought it was a good idea.'”

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