Phillip Schofields We Buy Any Car deal ends as Queuegate petition hits 75k

Phillip Schofield’s £1million We Buy Any Car advertising deal has come to an end after five years.

Just days ago fans noticed that the TV presenter’s image had been removed from the brand’s social media pages, despite having been the voice and face of the company's advert for the last few years.

Many put this down to ‘Queuegate’, the controversy surrounding Phillip and This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby, after the pair were accused of skipping the queue to see the Queen Lying-in-State ahead of her funeral earlier this month.

A petition was then set up to have the long-time presenters axed from the show and currently has over 75k signatures.

ITV, and Phil and Holly themselves, have all denied the queue-jumping allegations, adding that they were at Westminster Hall in a professional capacity, while reporting on the Lying-In-State.

A spokesperson for We Buy Again Car released a statement to The Mirror, denying that queuegate had anything to do with the deal coming to and end.

The statement reads: “We Buy Any Car and Phillip Schofield agreed earlier this year that the webuyanycar/Phillip Schofield campaign would come to an end in 2022, having worked together for over five years.

“The decision was made prior to any recent stories regarding Phillip.”

Speaking to The Sun a source shared that We Buy Any Car are planning to move forward, without Phil featuring in their adverts.

They said: “The We Buy Any Car ads are among the most regularly shown on telly – everyone knows them and the little tune that goes with it, and Phillip has been on them since 2018.

“It’s a massive deal, worth seven figures, but next week they’re shooting a new campaign and he’s not involved in it.

“There’s clearly a feeling within the company that he’s just not the right fit for the future and his contract will be allowed to expire. It has been a very successful partnership but it’s time for a change.”

OK! has contacted Phillip Schofield's representatives for comment.

Despite the defence by ITV, and Phil and Holly denying the queue-jump claims on This Morning, many viewers are still calling on the pair to step down.

And there are now rumours swirling that ITV may be looking for replacements for, with one insider source suggesting that ITV bosses have been discussing the possibility of Stacey Solomon and Joe Swash taking over the role.

The source told Closer magazine: “Stacey actually started talking to This Morning bosses several months ago and they made clear they saw a role for both her and Joe to work as part of the programme in the future.

“ITV bosses have long been planning for what life looks like after Phil and Holly, because they know nothing lasts forever on TV.”

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