This Morning's Phillip Schofield breaks silence on ITV security alert and says he's back in the studio

PHILLIP Schofield has confirmed he and his ITV colleagues are ok following a security alert at the studios earlier today.

TV presenters and crew on shows including This Morning and Loose Women were evacuated while police closed off the area surrounding Wood Lane and White City after discovering a "suspicious item".

As a result This Morning was pulled off air and replaced with an episode of best bits while Loose Women's slot was filled with a repeat.

But Phillip has now revealed that thankfully it was a false alarm.

Posting a snap of him smiling on his Instagram story, the 59-year-old wrote: "Back in my dressing room @thismorning after a security alert.

"All ok and thankfully a false alarm. Thank you to our team @thisistvc and @metpolice_uk for being amazing…

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"I've been at the pub with everyone, now back to get my house keys!"

After police urgently evacuated the area, while the underground stations were temporarily closed, all live shows transferred to pre-recorded compilations amid the chaos.

When This Morning returned from a break at 12.14pm, the titles ran again with Holly and Phil in an old video.

Phillip told viewers, in a clip recorded in case of an emergency: "Welcome to This Morning. As we can't be with you live today we have lined up some of our best bits to enjoy."

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The hosts showed no sign that they would not be back live after the adverts, with Holly saying: "See you after the break."

But they didn't return, with the 'emergency' show airing in place of live action from the studio.

A Met Police spokesperson confirmed the area had been evacuated following the discovery of a "suspicious" item.

They said: "At 11:14hrs on Thursday, 10 March, police were called to reports of a security alert at Wood Lane, White City.

"It was reported a suspicious item had been discovered.

"The area was evacuated as a precaution and White City and Wood Lane tube stations were temporarily closed.

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"The incident was stood down shortly before 12:49hrs.

"An investigation is ongoing."

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