The 57-year-old came out as gay in a heartfelt statement on Instagram, later breaking down on This Morning while discussing his private life.
During the emotional scenes, Ruth Langsford’s husband tried to comfort his co-star by cracking a few jokes – which were branded ‘tasteless’ by those watching on from home.
One quip saw him wonder why Phillip’s wife Steph, whom he has been married to for 27 years, never had a problem with him getting into a hot tub with Holly Willloughby.
However, the host has now defended his pal over the moment.
Taking to Twitter, he penned: ‘Can I just say that @EamonnHolmes & @RuthieeL were utterly magnificent with me today, privately downstairs just the three of us and upstairs in front of the world.
‘I couldn’t have hoped for a better, calming and loving set of hugs and support, I adore them both.
‘And for the record, @EamonnHolmes made me laugh, he lightened a very emotional moment and I’m very happy that he did.’
So that’s that, then.
This Morning fans were not impressed as Eamonn appeared to make light of the scenes during today’s instalment.
Attempting to lighten the mood, he said: ‘I am disappointed in a couple of ways, first of all, I thought “big announcement from Phillip,” I thought you were going to come in and announce you had resigned and I would take your job, so that wasn’t to be!
‘The second is there’s this great imponderable in life, which has always irritated me, I thought, “How come he can sit in a hot tub with Holly “Willoughbooby” and Steph doesn’t have a problem and Dan [Holly’s husband] doesn’t have a problem.”
‘I thought, she [pointing to wife Ruth] would have a problem, I thought “no, no.”‘
Laughing back, Phillip grabbed Holly and insisted: ‘This [Holly] is the sister I never had.’
Eamonn was also among a string of famous faces publicly supporting Phillip after his announcement.
Taking to Instagram, he posted a photo of the pair sharing an embrace from earlier in the day, alongside the message: ‘Shoulder to shoulder….
‘No one should feel pain, embarrassment or intimidation over their sexual orientation.
‘A new chapter awaits you Phillip.’
Phillip came out as gay in a post on social media, where he discussed his sexuality for the first time.
‘You never know what’s going on in someone’s seemingly perfect life, what issues they are struggling with, or the state of their wellbeing – and so you won’t know what has been consuming me for the last few years,’ he said.
‘With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay.
‘This is something that has caused many heartbreaking conversations at home.’
Phillip Schofield coming out statement in full
‘You never know what’s going on in someone’s seemingly perfect life, what issues they are struggling with, or the state of their wellbeing – and so you won’t know what has been consuming me for the last few years. With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay.
‘This is something that has caused many heartbreaking conversations at home. I have been married to Steph for nearly 27 years, and we have two beautiful grown-up daughters, Molly and Ruby.
‘My family have held me so close: they have tried to cheer me up, to smother me with kindness and love, despite their own confusion. Yet I still can’t sleep and there have been some very dark moments.
‘My inner conflict contrasts with an outside world that has changed so very much for the better. Today, quite rightly, being gay is a reason to celebrate and be proud. Yes, I am feeling pain and confusion, but that only comes from the hurt I am causing for my family.
‘Steph has been incredible – I love her so very much. She is the kindest soul that I have ever met. My girls have been astonishing in their love, hugs and encouraging and words of comfort. Both mine and Steph’s entire families have stunned me with their love, instant acceptance and support. Of course they are worried about Steph, but I know they will scoop us both up.
‘My friends are the best, especially Holly, who has been so kind and wise – and who has hugged me as I sobbed on her shoulder. At ITV, I couldn’t hope to work with more wonderful, supportive teams.
‘Every day on This Morning, I sit in awe of those we meet who have been brave and open in confronting their truth – so now it’s my turn to share mine.
‘This will probably all come as something as a surprise and I understand, but only by facing this, by being honest, can I hope to find peace in my mind and a way forward. Please be kind, especially to my family. Phillip.’