Phillip Schofield celebrates 20 years of presenting on This Morning


‘It’s gone like that!’ Phillip Schofield celebrates 20 years of presenting on This Morning as he describes feeling ‘nervous’ when he first started

Phillip Schofield has celebrated 20 years of working on This Morning as he described feeling ‘nervous’ when he first started the job.

The presenter, 60, appeared on Tuesday’s This Morning alongside Holly Willoughby, who told viewers of his long-term achievement.

Phillip admitted that he hadn’t realised it was his 20th anniversary of working on the ITV breakfast show as Holly made the announcement.

Impressive: Phillip Schofield has celebrated 20 years of working on This Morning as he described feeling ‘nervous’ when he first started the job

Longtime host: Phillip (pictured in 2004) admitted that he hadn't realised it was his 20th anniversary of working on the ITV breakfast show

Longtime host: Phillip (pictured in 2004) admitted that he hadn’t realised it was his 20th anniversary of working on the ITV breakfast show

Holly, 41, began by telling viewers: ‘We couldn’t start today’s show without mentioning something very special. Actually, it really is a huge achievement.’

Phillip responded: ‘I didn’t realise!’

Holly explained: ‘Yesterday, we were doing our meeting, it’s always at the end of the show and it’s like, ‘What’s coming on tomorrow’s show’ and the producers went, ‘Did you know, it’s 20 years exactly since Phil officially started presenting on This Morning? 20 years!’

To which Phillip said, ‘It’s gone like that!’ and clicked his fingers.

Marking the occasion: The presenter, 60, appeared on Tuesday's This Morning alongside Holly Willoughby, who told viewers of his long-term achievement

Marking the occasion: The presenter, 60, appeared on Tuesday’s This Morning alongside Holly Willoughby, who told viewers of his long-term achievement

Newbie: Phillip candidly admitted that he had felt 'very nervous' on his first day but that Fern Britton (both pictured) had showed him the ropes

Newbie: Phillip candidly admitted that he had felt ‘very nervous’ on his first day but that Fern Britton (both pictured) had showed him the ropes 

They marked the occasion by playing a video montage of his time on This Morning, including an I’m A Celeb segment on the show and Phillip’s first ever day on the chat show.

Phillip candidly admitted that he had felt ‘very nervous’ on his first day, while Holly said it was ‘weird’ seeing him as the ‘new boy’ on the show.

After watching the clips, Phillip said: ‘Oh my god, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that! That must have been the first series of I’m a Celeb… that’s mad.’

Holly added: ‘Do you know what’s weird about that? Seeing you as the new boy. That’s so weird because it just feels like you’ve been here forever.’

Memories: Holly (pictured with Phillip in 2009) said it was 'weird' seeing him as the 'new boy' on the show as they played a throwback video montage

Memories: Holly (pictured with Phillip in 2009) said it was ‘weird’ seeing him as the ‘new boy’ on the show as they played a throwback video montage 

And Phillip replied: ‘I was nervy as well. Fern [Britton] was so lovely looking after me!’

To which Holly gushed: ‘That’s what you were like with me on my first day!’

Phillip then gushed over how ‘lucky’ he feels to have worked on This Morning for 20 years. 

He said: ‘Wow, thank you, I haven’t heard anything about the auditions… no one’s ever told me I’ve got the job! I never forget how lucky I am, so thank you very much.’

Phillip and Holly have just returned to This Morning after their eight-week summer break.

Looking back: Phillip is pictured in 2010

Achievement: Phillip (pictured in 2014) gushed over how 'lucky' he feels to have worked on This Morning for 20 years

Achievement: Phillip (pictured left in 2010 and right in 2014) then gushed over how ‘lucky’ he feels to have worked on This Morning for 20 years

'It's gone like that!': They marked the occasion by playing a video montage of his time on This Morning. Pictured: Phillip on This Morning in 2011

‘It’s gone like that!’: They marked the occasion by playing a video montage of his time on This Morning. Pictured: Phillip on This Morning in 2011

And the duo pulled out all the stops for their first show back after eight weeks off, enlisting the cast of West End show Mary Poppins.

Phil had a less grand entrance, popping out of a door on the set which had been set up outside Television Centre in London.

The This Morning veteran tried out a Dick Van Dyke accent as he exclaimed ‘winds In the East, mist coming in, where’s Mary?’ before Holly appeared with an umbrella in hand. 

After making it inside the studio, the close pals shared a hug as Holly gushed: ‘I’ve missed you lots and lots and lots.’

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV & ITV Hub.

There he is: Phillip and Holly have just returned to This Morning after their eight-week summer break and pulled out all the stops for their return

There he is: Phillip and Holly have just returned to This Morning after their eight-week summer break and pulled out all the stops for their return 

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