Phillip Schofield has said he would “love” to return to the theatre if his TV career dried up.
The This Morning host – who played the titular character in Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium in 1993 – described his time on the stage as “magical”.
“I had that period of time, the most magical period of my life, in the theatre and that that was it,” he told Press Association.
“I stopped because TV took over and it’s very hard to do the two side by side. You just can’t do it. Can you imagine all the bits and and pieces and then eight shows a week? It’s just not possible, so it took a back seat.
Back in the day: Phillip Schofield as Joseph in 1993 (PA)
“I have no regrets because I love my time on the telly and it would have come at a cost of that but certainly I turned down more roles in the West End than I’ve done.”
He continued: “Currently, with my TV schedule, there is no way I could go back into the theatre. Maybe when TV falls out of love with me then I would go and do something.
Phillip Schofield as Joseph – In pictures
“If suddenly if I was out of favour on the telly, and that can happen at any time because TV is not a job for life, then I would love to play in the theatre, do a play somewhere. That would be quite good fun.”
Schofield, 54, will host the upcoming The Knights Of Music tour, which will also see him perform some of the biggest hits from Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
He donned the iconic coat for an early run of the tour last year and said he was met with requests to strip down on stage.
Phillip Schofield snapchats at the prince’s trust
He said: “The audiences went so mad we thought we are going to have to do it again. People shouted ‘take your top off’ and I did and they shouted ‘put it back on!’
“It started from the very beginning, it was like a rock performance, people were hollering.
“It’s immensely flattering. I…