However, on waking up to the news Stateside, Piers took to Twitter to show his support.
He said that it "takes a lot of guts" to come out when you're in the limelight.
He also sent his "very best" to the This Morning host and his family.
Takes a lot of guts to do this, not least when you’re a very public figure & know it will all be dissected in a very public way. Sending my very best to @schofe & his family. 👍 https://t.co/VA6MyO5ONd
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 7, 2020
Piers' followers were quick to comment on the tweet, with some praising the GMB host for showing his support.
@piersmorgan you are totally right, his whole life will now be picked apart, I hope people give his wife and family support and space to just be x
— rebecca rodda (@RoddaRebecca) February 7, 2020
— LORDGARY (@LORDGARY5) February 7, 2020
However, many or his followers pointed out that Piers himself used to "dissect" such news when he was a newspaper editor and called his tweet hypocritical.
Piers was one of a host of celebrities who took to social media to offer their support to Phil following his announcement.Britain's Got Talent star David Walliams said: "I am sending all my love to @Schofe today. I have always held him in the highest regard, and now have nothing but respect and admiration for him. Let’s hope we are moving towards a world where no one has to come out any more, they can just be who they are and celebrate that."
Takes a lot of guts to do this, not least when you’re a very public figure & know it will all be dissected in a very public way.
TV's Gok Wan – a This Morning regular – also praised Phil's "bravery".
He tweeted: "So much love to you @Schofe such bravery xxxxx."
Star of Dancing On Ice Ian "H" Watkins also commented on the news.
He said: "Bravo Phillip for your honesty. Coming out is difficult but your family, friends and fans will be proud of you being your authentic self."
The star, who is part of a same-sex couple on the ice skating show, added: "I’m proud of your bravery. Welcome officially to our beautiful rainbow family! We and our ally’s will keep you safe xx."
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