Phillip Schofield's emotional appearance on Friday morning's This Morning came as a shock to staff on the daytime show.
The 57-year-old, who hosts the ITV magazine series Monday to Thursday, took a seat on the sofa to bravely discuss his sexuality after announcing on Instagram that he is gay.
He was interviewed by co-host Holly Willoughby as Friday presenters Eamon Holmes and Ruth Langsford hosted.
Crew who work on the award-winning show were unaware that the interview was going to take place with a source explaining to The Mirror that they were "completely in the dark".
They shared that it was not until the silver fox and his entourage rocked up to the studios that staff began to get wind of something happening.
"It was very much a military operation. Suddenly Holly and Phil arrived with so many people and everyone wondered what was up," the source explained to The Mirror.
"After his speech, everyone rushed up to congratulate him before he was whisked away again."
Phil was reduced to tears on This Morning as he made his announcement.
He sobbed as he thanked his friends and family for the support, and reaffirmed his hand "had not been forced" to post the emotional statement onto Instagram before the TV chat.
Phil said: "I feel a little lighter but I'm also very aware, there is no question that it causes pain and it causes upset."
He said he has "no secrets" from his wife, adding: "We have never had any secrets.
"It's tough, this is not something that has happened quickly, I've had to deal with this in my head for quite some time. We've been honest and open."
Asked why he was announcing it now, he said: "It's a good question, the thing is you know this has been bothering me for a very long time, everybody does these things at their own speed, when they think the time is right.
"It has consumed my head, and has become an issue in my head."
The father-of-two added: "I got to the stage where I think we sit here every day and I'm over there and some amazingly brave, incredible person is sitting here and I'm listening to their story, thinking 'Oh my god, you're so brave' and I'm thinking 'I have to be that person'.
"All you can be in your life is honest with yourself and I was getting to the point where I wasn't being honest with myself and I didn't like myself very much because I wasn't being honest with myself."
He added that it has helped to talk to someone, saying: "It's brought me back from some dark places. Talking to someone does bring you back and sometimes talking to people saves you."
He also said that his hand had not been forced to share the news, saying: "It's my decision, this is absolutely my decision, it was something I knew I had to do."
And the presenter revealed he's not ready to get into a relationship with another man yet.
It was when he appeared on the ITV chat show with Holly that he said he wasn't looking to meet anyone.
He explained: "I'm not thinking there, I'm doing each day at a time now. This has always been a slow process and there's no fast process after this."
Phil, who is married to Stephanie Lowe, said that so far he'd only been looking to the day that he came out and now he doesn't know what will happen.
"This is the big day and this is the day that I knew everything was pointing towards," he added.
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