Sunday 21 January 2018

Phillip Schofield blames Holly Willoughby for hangover after NTAs

Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby with the award for Best Live Magazine Show at the National Television Awards
Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby with the award for Best Live Magazine Show at the National Television Awards

Phillip Schofield blamed his hangover after the National Television Awards on co-star Holly Willoughby and a "Martin Luther King voicemail".

The partners in crime went viral in late January after turning up for their mid-morning ITV show wearing the same outfits from the night before - now covered in stains - and sharing stories and pictures of a raucous after-party hosted by Ant and Dec.

But Schofield revealed that he had actually been heading home to get a good night's sleep when Willoughby tempted him out to celebrate.

Asked by Alan Carr whether they were still drunk on TV the next day, Schofield replied: "Yeah, pretty. Yeah, it was something of a mistake. These things happen.

"We won the (Live Magazine Show) award, which was amazing. I didn't think we were going to, and then we went back to the box upstairs and we celebrated with a little tequila."

He continued: "There is always one of us that is quite sensible and so I was on my way home and I got a voicemail from Holly.

"It was like a Martin Luther King voicemail. She said, 'Don't be that man. Don't be that man that goes home. Don't be that man that's professional. Don't be the man that missed the fun. Come out and play!'

"I said to my wife, 'We are going out', and that's when it started.

"The pictures you saw in the papers were taken about four minutes before we went live, and I said to Holly, 'What the hell are we doing? We shouldn't be doing this', so it was chaos."

A less wild night out was the Brit Awards, however, which Schofield slammed as "a bit safe".

He said he was incredulous when they bleeped out Adele's swearing post-watershed at 9.25pm, but it quickly turned to amusement as the bleeps cut out most of the Hello singer's speech and left her expletive word in.

"I just don't want to be nannied. It's not a case of encouraging it on the telly, because I know there are a lot of kids that watch it, but it's rock and roll, it's music. Stop it! It was all a bit safe," he complained of the censoring.

Asked by band The 1975 whether it was just the consistency of the bleeps that he did not like, Schofield stood up for Adele's right to swear.

"I didn't like the fact it was bleeped after the watershed, because I don't think there is any need. I don't think you need to cover it up. It's Adele. She can do or say whatever she wants," he explained.

Chatty Man returns on Channel 4 at 10pm.

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