TEARFUL Phillip Schofield likens coming as a gay to 'jumping out of a plane' as he picks up a British LGBT special recognition award.
In a video which will be played tonight, This Morning host Phillip is overcome with emotion as he receives his first ever solo gong.
The 59-year-old, who is currently abroad on his summer holiday, said: "Wow. This is a biggie. What a proud moment for me personally."
Phillip bravely announced he was gay on the This Morning sofa beside friend and co-star Holly Willoughby last year.
While behind the scenes he was supported by his wife of 27 years Stephanie and daughters Molly and Ruby.
He continued: "I've never won any award individually. Any award you win as a team that's there propping you up and definitely that's the case with this one.
"I had the most extraordinary people that helped me pack the parachute before the jump. Friends and family, loved ones and then there were an enormous amount of rainbow arms outstretched to catch me when I reached the bottom of my jump."
The TV star said he was overwhelmed by the warm welcome he has had from the gay community and thanked them for propping him up.
He said: "Life is a still a work in progress, but of course aren't we all? But it's been joyous to meet the people I have, to have heard the lovely things they've said to me and share a moment like this with you. I wish I was there. I'm sorry I'm not. I am enormously proud. Thank you."
A NIGHT OF PRIDE
Tonight's star-studded awards ceremony is being hosted by TV presenter Gok Wan and RuPaul's Drag Race UK winner Lawrence Chaney.
A host of stars will be in attendance at The Brewery in London, including singers Anne-Marie and Ellie Goulding, Loose Women's Denise Welch, Spice Girls singer Mel C, Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon, soap stars Beverly Callard and Kieron Richardson and Love Island's AJ Pritchard.
Harry Styles, Sam Smith and Cara Delevingne are among those nominated for gongs.
This year Killing Eve's Jodie Comer, RuPaul’s Drag Race UK's Michelle Visage, comedian Jennifer Saunders, TV presenter Dermot O’Leary and Spice Girl Melanie C are among the contenders for the Celebrity Ally prize, previously awarded to Prince William in 2017.
Fleabag actor Andrew Scott, Queer Eye star Tan France, singer Demi Lovato and Sex Education's Gillian Anderson are all in the running for the Celebrity of the Year award.
While Channel 4’s hard-hitting AIDS drama It’s a Sin has been shortlisted for the Media Moment prize.
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