Phillip Schofield addressed This Morning’s future on ITV during today’s instalment of the magazine show, amid the coronavirus pandemic which is sweeping the nation and cancelling, halting or rescheduling so many TV shows.
Earlier today EastEnders announced it would be scaling back episode transmission from four to two a week as the soap takes extra precautions for its cast and crew filming the latest scenes.
During This Morning’s View segment, Phillip and Holly Willoughby were joined by Matthew Wright and Anneka Rice to discuss the latest headlines, and they spoke about the changes to the TV schedule.
“The government advice is not that finger wagging yet,” Phillip said. “Do we need to be told what we can and can’t do?”
“I like to be told, I am happy to put my life in the governments hand,” Anneka remarked.
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“We don’t want to get our news from Bob on Twitter or Phil on Instagram. We have to know just take our advice from a trusted team and they have to be very clear.”
“Get their news from a very trusted source,” Matthew added before discussing why it was important This Morning remains on air.
“We’re all holding on by the skin of our teeth!” Phillip commented in reference to the production team in the studio.
“I don’t think we should worry if the format should slightly change,” Anneka said in reference to the news Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway would for the first have no live audience.
It comes after This Morning visibly proved they were taking the governments latest advice surrounding covid-19 seriously.
Yesterday, the show’s resident doctor Dr. Sara appeared in the studio, despite being 30 weeks pregnant.
The Prime Minister enraged everyone to avoid all non-essential social contact, but made particular mention of pregnant women, those with underlying and ongoing health conditions, or over 70-years-old, describing it as a precautionary measure because we are early in our understanding.
Dr. Sara did confirm she was given a separate dressing room, and did her own hair and makeup, and also practiced self-distancing from those in the studio as a metre gap was placed between her and the other guest.