ITV bosses were warned of 'serious concerns' about Schofield's younger lover as early as 2020
A number of Loose Women panellists reportedly made their fears known.
ITV bosses were made aware of ''serious concerns" about the staff member Phillip Schofield has admitted to being involved with as early as 2020, according to The Daily Mail.
Station chiefs told UK MPs last month that they did not know about concerns regarding the production assistant. However, quoting sources, the British paper is reporting that a senior manager working on Loose Women sent an email to channel bosses - including Kevin Lygo, ITV's managing director for entertainment - explaining their worries about the young man's wellbeing.
The email is alleged to have been sent in early 2020 and as having outlined concerns around duty of care, describing the production assistant as a vulnerable employee.
However, no formal investigation was launched. Also, sources close to Lygo are reported to have told The Daily Mail that the managing director for entertainment has "no recollection" of receiving the correspondence.
Meanwhile, last month, MP John Nicolson questioned Lygo as to the number of people who approached senior management at ITV with "concerns about presenters, editors, or the culture at This Morning".
In response, Lygo said: "I don't think any that I can recall, honestly."
At the time the alleged early 2020 email was sent, the production assistant in question had been moved from This Morning to Loose Women.
It is said to have composed after a number of panellists on Loose Women made their fears known. Presenter Eamonn Holmes said he and his wife, Loose Women anchor Ruth Langsford, knew the young worker - now in his mid-20s.
They say that he appeared "fragile" and "in a bad way" in the early months of 2020.
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