Phillip Schofield has been asked out on a date by former Strictly Come Dancing star Reverend Richard Coles.
The This Morning host – who came out as gay earlier this year – was taking part in an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Morning Live yesterday to promote his new book.
The show is hosted by vicar Richard, 58, who has been single since the death of his husband David in 2019.
During his chat with Phil, 58, Richard made a bold gesture by asking him out live on air.
He told the This Morning star: “If you’re looking for a bit of company Phillip? Broadcaster, gay, in his middle years. Drink, dinner?”
Phil then replied: “Are you asking me out?”
Richard’s co-host Shaun Keaveny added: “I feel like a bit of a gooseberry now.”
Phil bravely came out as gay back in February in an emotional Instagram post, which was followed by a tearful appearance on This Morning.
He’s still married to his wife of nearly 20 years, Steph, and has credited her and his daughters with being a huge support as he struggled with his sexuality.
In his initial post, he wrote: “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.
“This is something that has caused many heart-breaking 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 confusions.
“With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay.”
Richard was in a civil partnership with fellow vicar David Coles, and was left devastated after his death in December 2019.