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Joan Collins questions why Phillip Schofield had to come out as she attends Vanity Fair Oscars party

Joan Collins raised eyebrows on Good Morning Britain on Monday when she questioned why Phillip Schofield had to come out as homosexual.  

The actress, 86, was attending the Vanity Fair Oscars party with husband Percy Gibson, 55, at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills when she asked why Phillip Schofield, 57, felt the need to announce his sexuality.

Joan was being interviewed by Piers Morgan, 54, on GMB when she weighed in on veteran presenter Phil’s recent decision to announce that he is gay, stating: ‘Everyone who knew him, knew he was gay!’  

Why? Joan Collins, 86, raised eyebrows on Good Morning Britain on Monday when she questioned why Phillip Schofield had to come out as homosexual

Why? Joan Collins, 86, raised eyebrows on Good Morning Britain on Monday when she questioned why Phillip Schofield had to come out as homosexual

Following the awards, Joan appeared on GMB alongside Kelly and Sharon Osborne as well as Perez Hilton, where they discussed Phil’s recent announcement.  

Joan said: ‘That’s what I thought [why he felt he had to come out] when I saw it. I thought: “Why does he have to do that?”

‘It seemed that he was living a fine life. Everyone who knew him, knew he was gay. Why does he want to tell everybody and confess, as it were?

‘It seems a little odd to make a big pron… announcement.’ 

Open and honest: Schofield revealed he was ‘consumed’ by a secret battle with his sexuality for years before finally making the decision to come out as gay on Friday morning 

Everyone knew! Joan was being interviewed by Piers Morgan, 54, on GMB when she weighed in on Phil's recent announcement, stating: 'Everyone who knew him, knew he was gay!'

Everyone knew! Joan was being interviewed by Piers Morgan, 54, on GMB when she weighed in on Phil’s recent announcement, stating: ‘Everyone who knew him, knew he was gay!’

It seems odd: 'Why does he want to tell everybody and confess, as it were? It seems a little odd to make a big pron... announcement' said Joan

It seems odd: ‘Why does he want to tell everybody and confess, as it were? It seems a little odd to make a big pron… announcement’ said Joan

Elsewhere during her appearance, she asked: ‘What was the reason he felt the need to go public with this, when a lot of people already knew? I mean, we all knew…’

At this point added: ‘There have been some rumours of inappropriateness… I mean they’re unsubstantiated…’ leaving Joan to ask: ‘How do you mean inappropriateness?’ before Piers quickly stops the conversation.  

Supported: On Friday, Phillip revealed the support of his 'incredible' family - wife of 27 years Stephanie and their two children - convinced him to be open and honest about his feelings

Supported: On Friday, Phillip revealed the support of his ‘incredible’ family – wife of 27 years Stephanie and their two children – convinced him to be open and honest about his feelings

Why? 'It seemed that he was living a fine life' added Joan (Pictured on This Morning in 2012)

Why? ‘It seemed that he was living a fine life’ added Joan (Pictured on This Morning in 2012)

Big announcement: In one of the show's most emotional moments since it hit screens in 1988, Schofield opened up about his sexuality to co-presenter Holly Willoughby on Friday

Big announcement: In one of the show’s most emotional moments since it hit screens in 1988, Schofield opened up about his sexuality to co-presenter Holly Willoughby on Friday

After Joan made the comments, GMB viewers took to social media in their droves to voice their opinions, with most lauding the actress for her appearance. 

One person tweeted: ‘Respect to Joan Collins for just asking ‘why did he chose to come out now, we already knew. #GMB.’ 

‘Joan Collins throwing a grenade into the #PhillipSchofield story #gmb,’ wrote another viewer, while someone else added: ‘They couldn’t get Joan Collins off #GMB fast enough before she spilled any more tea about Phil Schofield.’

‘#GMB covering the Philip Schofield story, but being careful not to cover certain aspects of the story. Joan Collins & Perez Hilton keep touching on it but getting closed down,’ pointed out another viewer.  

Fan reaction: After Joan made the comments, GMB viewers took to social media in their droves to voice their opinions

Fan reaction: After Joan made the comments, GMB viewers took to social media in their droves to voice their opinions

Someone else tweeted: ‘Joan Collins asking the question everyone is thinking and won’t let it go … TV gold! #GMB.’ 

While the majority of viewers on Twitter praised Joan for her probing of the revelation, a few asserted that ‘speculation is disrespectful.’

‘Gentle reminder to Joan Collins and the rest of the population. Someone’s sexuality is nobody’s business nor is the reason why they choose to become public. Speculation is disrespectful,’ wrote the viewer. 

But the tweet drew responses, such as: ‘He made it everyone’s business when he announced it on national TV.’ 

Disrespectful: While the majority of viewers on Twitter praised Joan for her probing of the revelation, a few asserted that 'speculation is disrespectful'

Disrespectful: While the majority of viewers on Twitter praised Joan for her probing of the revelation, a few asserted that ‘speculation is disrespectful’

Public announcement: Others pointed out that Phillip chose to make a public announcement

Public announcement: Others pointed out that Phillip chose to make a public announcement

Marriage:  After nearly 27 years of marriage to his wife Steph, Phillip announced that he is now ready to 'celebrate and be proud' of his sexuality (pictured in 2005)

Marriage:  After nearly 27 years of marriage to his wife Steph, Phillip announced that he is now ready to ‘celebrate and be proud’ of his sexuality (pictured in 2005)

Speaking on Friday morning, Phillip Schofield revealed he was ‘consumed’ by a secret battle with his sexuality for years before finally making the decision to come out as gay following a series of ‘heartbreaking’ conversations with his family.

In an emotional statement, shared with millions of Instagram followers, the veteran star admitted he had suffered ‘dark moments, pain and confusion’ as he gradually came to terms with his sexual orientation.

But he revealed the support of his ‘incredible’ family – wife of 27 years Stephanie and their two children – convinced him to be open and honest about his feelings.   

Candid: Phillip, who shares daughters Molly, 27, and Ruby, 24, with his wife, spoke on This Morning about his battles with keeping his secret and the relief of coming out

Candid: Phillip, who shares daughters Molly, 27, and Ruby, 24, with his wife, spoke on This Morning about his battles with keeping his secret and the relief of coming out

A friend in need... Co-host Holly Willougby proved the depth of their friendship as she supported him during the announcement

A friend in need… Co-host Holly Willougby proved the depth of their friendship as she supported him during the announcement 

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.

With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay.

‘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.

‘I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay’: Phillip’s statement in full 

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. With the strength and support of my wife and my daughters, I have been coming to terms with the fact that I am gay. 

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 confusion. Yet still I can’t sleep and there have been some very dark moments.

My inner conflict contrasts with an outside world that has changed so very much for the better. Today, quite rightly, being gay is a reason to celebrate and be proud. Yes, I am feeling pain and confusion, but that comes only from the hurt that I am causing to my family.

Steph has been incredible – I love her so very much. She is the kindest soul I have ever met. My girls have been astonishing in their love, hugs and encouraging words of comfort. Both mine and Steph’s entire families have stunned me with their love, instant acceptance and support.

Of course they are worried about Steph but I know they will scoop us both us.

My friends are the best, especially Holly, who has been so kind and wise – and who has hugged me as I sobbed on her shoulder. At ITV, I couldn’t hope to work with more wonderful, supportive teams.

Every day on This Morning, I sit in awe of those we meet who have been brave and open in confronting their truth – so now it’s my turn to share mine. This will probably all come as something and I understand, but only by facing this, by being honest, can I hope to find peace in my mind and a way forward. Please be kind, especially to my family. Phillip’. 

‘My family have held me so close: they have tried to cheer me up, to smother me with kindness and love, despite their own confusion. Yet still I can’t sleep and there have been some very dark moments.

‘My inner conflict contrasts with an outside world that has changed so very much for the better. Today, quite rightly, being gay is a reason to celebrate and be proud.

Yes, I am feeling pain and confusion, but that comes only from the hurt that I am causing to my family.’  

Speaking her mind: The actress was being interviewed by Piers Morgan in LA when she weighed in on the veteran presenter's recent decision to announce that he is gay

Speaking her mind: The actress was being interviewed by Piers Morgan in LA when she weighed in on the veteran presenter’s recent decision to announce that he is gay

Loved-up: Joan posed for photos with husband Percy Gibson upon arrival at the Vanity Fair Oscars party

Wow: Joan's featured a v-neckline and she added further glamour to her ensemble with black sheer cuffs

Loved-up: Joan posed for photos with husband Percy Gibson upon arrival at the Vanity Fair Oscars party

Stunning: Joan exuded glamour at the swanky event, donning a dark metallic dress

Stunning: Joan exuded glamour at the swanky event, donning a dark metallic dress

Glamour: The actress put on a stylish display in the long-sleeved gown at the swanky bash

Radiant: Adding height to her frame with a pair of open-toed heels, Joan also wore a pair of silver shimmering earrings

Glamour: The actress put on a stylish display in the long-sleeved gown at the swanky bash

Star-studded: Joan shared a moment with Sarah Paulson while at the bash

Star-studded: Joan shared a moment with Sarah Paulson while at the bash

Smile! Sarah and Joan smiled as they posed for a photograph with Leslie Grossman

Smile! Sarah and Joan smiled as they posed for a photograph with Leslie Grossman

Finishing touches: Joan completed her look with a red manicure and coordinating lipstick

Finishing touches: Joan completed her look with a red manicure and coordinating lipstick

Joan exuded glamour at the swanky A-list event on Sunday night, donning a dark metallic long-sleeved dress. 

The garment featured a v-neckline while Joan added further glamour to her look with black sheer cuffs.

Adding height to her frame with a pair of open-toed heels, Joan also wore a pair of silver shimmering earrings.

Posing up a storm at the star-studded bash, Joan completed her look for the evening by styling her brunette locks into an updo.   

92nd Annual Academy Awards: Winners

BEST PICTURE 

The Irishman

Ford vs Ferrari

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood

Parasite – WINNER

 

Incredible: Parasite won four awards including becoming the first ever foreign film to win Best Picture as Bong Joon-ho won Best Director

Incredible: Parasite won four awards including becoming the first ever foreign film to win Best Picture as Bong Joon-ho won Best Director  

BEST ACTRESS 

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renée Zellweger – Judy – WINNER

 

BEST ACTOR 

Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory 

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker – WINNER

Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes  

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 

Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell

Laura Dern – Marriage Story – WINNER

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

 

Golden: Laura Dern was one of the four thespians to have swept award season as she earned Best Supporting Actress

Golden: Laura Dern was one of the four thespians to have swept award season as she earned Best Supporting Actress

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood – WINNER

 

BEST DIRECTOR  

Bong Joon Ho – Parasite – WINNER

Sam Mendes – 1917

Todd Phillips – Joker

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women – WINNER

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

The Irishman   

 

BEST SOUND MIXING 

1917 – WINNER

Ad Astra

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

 

BEST SOUND EDITING

Ford V Ferrari – Donald Sylvester

Joker – Alan Robert Murray

1917 – Oliver Tarrney and Rachel Tate – WINNER

One Upon as Time in Hollywood – Wylie Stateman

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker – Matthew Wood and David Acord

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE 

Joker – Hildur Gudnadóttir –  WINNER

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

 

Making history: Hildur Gudnadóttir was the first ever woman to win Best Original Score for Joker

Making history: Hildur Gudnadóttir was the first ever woman to win Best Original Score for Joker

BEST ORIGINAL SONG 

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away – Toy Story 4

I’m Gonna Love me Again – Rocketman – WINNER

I’m Standing With You – Breakthrough

Into the Unknown – Frozen II

Stand Up – Harriet

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE 

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Klaus

Missing Link

Toy Story 4  – WINNER

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM 

Dcera (Daughter)

Hair Love – WINNER

Kitbull

Memorable Sister

 

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

Brotherhood

Nefta Football Club

The Neighbor’s Window – WINNER

Saria

A Sister

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

American Factory – WINNER

The Cave

The Edge of Democracy

For Sama

Honeyland   

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT 

In the Absence

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) – WINNER

Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha    

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS 

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King

1917 – Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy – WINNER

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker  

 

Amazing: Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy (pictured left to right) are seen accepting the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for 1917

Amazing: Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy (pictured left to right) are seen accepting the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for 1917

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 

1917 – Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Knives Out – Rian Johnson

Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino

Parasite – Bong Joon Ho & Jin Won Han – WINNER

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY 

The Irishman – Steven Zaillian

Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi – WINNER

Joker – Todd Phillips & Scott Silver

Little Women – Greta Gerwig

The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten

  

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE 

Corpus Christi (Poland)

Honeyland (North Macedonia)

Les Miserables (France)

Pain and Glory (Spain)

Parasite (South Korea)  – WINNER

 

BEST  PRODUCTION DESIGN

1917

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood – Nancy Haigh and Barbara Ling – WINNER

Parasite          

 

Glamorous: Nancy Haigh (left) and Barbara Ling accept the Production Design award for Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

Glamorous: Nancy Haigh (left) and Barbara Ling accept the Production Design award for Once Upon a Time In Hollywood

BEST FILM  EDITING 

Ford v Ferrari – Andrew Buckland & Michael McCusker – WINNER

The Irishman – Thelma Schoonmaker

Jojo Rabbit – Tom Eagles

Joker – Jeff Groth

Parasite – Jinmo Yang  

  

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY  

1917 – Roger Deakins – WINNER

The Irishman – Rodrigo Prieto

Joker – Lawrence Sher

The Lighthouse – Jarin Blaschke

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Robert Richardson          

 

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING 

Bombshell –  Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker – WINNER

Joker

Judy

1917

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil  

Tremendous trio: Anne Morgan, Kazu Hiro and Vivian Baker - pictured left to right -  won  for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for Bombshell

Tremendous trio: Anne Morgan, Kazu Hiro and Vivian Baker – pictured left to right –  won  for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for Bombshell

 

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