Phillip Schofield brushes off Spin To Win reaction to attend the theatre with his family


Phillip Schofield brushed off viewers’ aghast reaction to This Morning’s energy bills prize on Tuesday, enjoying a night at the theatre with his family.

The presenter, 60, took to Instagram Stories to share a snap with his wife Stephanie Lowe and their daughters Molly, 29, and Ruby, 26, as they attended a live performance of Wicked.

On Monday viewers were split over This Morning’s announcement that they had added a new prize to Spin To Win which could see the winner have their energy bills paid for four months, at a time when the nation is gripped by the cost-of-living crisis.

Nothing to see here! Phillip Schofield brushed off viewers’ aghast reaction to This Morning’s energy bills prize on Tuesday, enjoying a night at the theatre with his family

Sharing a series of videos on his Stories, Phillip showed his daughters beaming as they excitedly watched the musical.

He then shared a selfie of the girls and his wife Stephanie posing with their drinks in hand as they enjoyed a family night out at the show.

In recent days viewers have been sharing their split reaction after This Morning revealed on Monday that they would be introducing a new prize on their game Spin To Win, where viewers could have their energy bills paid for four months.

Drama: On Monday viewers were divided after This Morning revealed they would be introducing paid energy bills as a prize on Spin To Win, branding it 'dystopian'

Drama: On Monday viewers were divided after This Morning revealed they would be introducing paid energy bills as a prize on Spin To Win, branding it ‘dystopian’

Having fun? Phillip took to Instagram Stories to share a snap with his wife Stephanie Lowe and their daughters Molly, 29, and Ruby, 26, as they attended a live performance of Wicked

Having fun? Phillip took to Instagram Stories to share a snap with his wife Stephanie Lowe and their daughters Molly, 29, and Ruby, 26, as they attended a live performance of Wicked

Viewers were divided over the show’s offer to cover four months of energy bills, calling the move ‘dystopian,’ and a reflection of the ‘dire state’ of the cost of living crisis. 

Phil and Holly casually introduced the game’s new prize during the Spin to Win segment on the show.

‘You can win all kind of great prizes,’ Holly said. 

‘This week, we’ve got our usual cash prizes but you can also win some extra cash to pay your energy bills until the end of the year,’ Phil said. ‘That’s four months of energy bills totally taken care of.’

Enjoying it? Sharing a series of videos on his Stories, Phillip showed his daughters beaming as they excitedly watched the musical

Enjoying it? Sharing a series of videos on his Stories, Phillip showed his daughters beaming as they excitedly watched the musical

‘Wow, that’s really important right now,’ Holly said.

Philip later added that the prize covered around £400 per month, adding to a total of approximately £1,600 for four months.

As the game rolled on, a caller called Alex, based in Enfield, won a chance to spin the wheel. 

‘How are your energy bills, are you a bit worried about it all?’ Phil asked him.

‘Oh mate, that’s major. I’ve got one of those pre-payment meters and it’s just absolute murder,’ Alex said. 

Controversial: Viewers were divided over the show's offer to cover four months of energy bills, calling the move 'dystopian,' and a reflection of the 'dire state' of the cost of living crisis

Controversial: Viewers were divided over the show’s offer to cover four months of energy bills, calling the move ‘dystopian,’ and a reflection of the ‘dire state’ of the cost of living crisis

Clarity: Philip later added that the prize covered around £400 per month, adding to a total of approximately £1,600 for four months

Clarity: Philip later added that the prize covered around £400 per month, adding to a total of approximately £1,600 for four months 

Eventually, the wheel landed on ‘energy bills,’ which means the show would be covering Alex’s bill until January. 

While the player thanked Phil and Holly and said the news was ‘fantastic’ and ‘a relief.’ viewers at home did not partake in Alex’ enthusiasm and said the segment was ‘depressing.’ 

‘It’s so sad that if you win Spin to Win, they’ll pay your energy bills. It used to be win a holiday the absolute state of things is horrifying ,’ one said. 

‘This Morning having ‘energy bills’ as a prize on their Spin To Win is the most dystopian and sad reflection on society right now… How did we get to this point? Madness,’ another wrote.

Split: Viewers were not happy with the show's offer to cover four months of energy bill, calling the move 'dystopian,' and a reflection of the 'dire state' of the cost of living crisis

Split: Viewers were not happy with the show’s offer to cover four months of energy bill, calling the move ‘dystopian,’ and a reflection of the ‘dire state’ of the cost of living crisis

‘If I won four months of energy bills I’d hang up. For 450 quid I’d tell them to f*** off,’ another said. 

‘Well I’ve found this Spin to Win fairly f****** depressing to be fair,’ one wrote. 

‘The f****** state this country is in when This Morning has put them “paying 4 months of energy bills” as a spin the wheel prize. Jesus Christ,’ another said.

However others pointed out This Morning were helping their viewers. 

‘They’re helping them. Energy bills are expensive now. It’s the country that’s a joke, m GMB is helping,’ one said.

Debate: Other fans said the segment was 'patronising' and reflected the 'dire' state of the country

Debate: Other fans said the segment was ‘patronising’ and reflected the ‘dire’ state of the country  

In the wake of the reaction, the following day, This Morning revealed they had tweaked the prize to say that any household bills could be paid, up to the value of £3000 until the end of the year.

Prime Minister Liz Truss is expected to announce on Thursday that she will freeze household energy bills at about £2,500 per year until 2024 to protect the average Brit from the ever-increasing price cap. 

It comes before the Ofgem energy price cap is due to rise to £3,549 on October 1, before climbing to new heights of £5,386 in January, adding fuel to the fire of the ongoing cost-of-living crisis.

While ministers believe the freeze will be a popular intervention, there are fears the taxpayer could face unlimited liability if gas prices continue to climb or remain high for longer than predicted.

Under current plans, households are still set to receive £400 off their energy bills this winter, with around eight million low-income and vulnerable families receiving an additional £650.

Changed: In the wake of the reaction, the following day This Morning tweaked the prize to say that any household bills could be paid, up to the value of £3000 until the end of the year

Changed: In the wake of the reaction, the following day This Morning tweaked the prize to say that any household bills could be paid, up to the value of £3000 until the end of the year

These payments should mean the typical annual energy bill ends up closer to the current £1,971 price cap.

More than eight million pensioners will also receive £300 alongside their winter fuel payment in November, and around six million people on an eligible disability benefit will receive an additional £150.

The PM has made clear any further support payments will be targeted at the most vulnerable. And she has pledged extra help to businesses, many of whom have been hit hardest by rising costs as they are not protected by a price cap.

The increase comes after a last-minute decision by Russia’s state-backed energy firm Gazprom to block the reopening of the key Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Europe.

The UK natural gas price was at £4.96 per therm this morning, up 86p or 21 per cent. At the start of 2021 it was at just 40p per therm. The price touched £7 per therm last week.

Going up: Under the current Ofgem price cap, gas and electricity prices are set to soar this winter

Going up: Under the current Ofgem price cap, gas and electricity prices are set to soar this winter

And the leading European benchmark Dutch TTF October gas contract rose by €62 (£52.53), or 30 per cent, to €272 per megawatt hours (MWh) by about 7.30am today, reversing losses seen last week.

Nord Stream 1 is the biggest gas link from Russia to Europe, supplying around 55billion cubic metres per year.

While the UK receives only 4 per cent of its gas from Nord Stream 1, other countries such as Germany are much more reliant on the pipeline, meaning its closure is causing prices to spike on international energy markets.

The move has raised fears factories could be forced to adopt a four-day working week to conserve energy. No date has yet been set for when Nord Stream 1 will be reopened.

FEMAIL contacted ITV for comment at the time.

Developments: Prime Minister Liz Truss is expected to announce on Thursday that she will freeze household energy bills at about £2,500 per year until 2024

Developments: Prime Minister Liz Truss is expected to announce on Thursday that she will freeze household energy bills at about £2,500 per year until 2024

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