ITV denies Phillip Schofield has banned Amanda Holden from This Morning after row

ITV has denied that Phillip Schofield has banned Amanda Holden from This Morning following their row.

Amanda clashed with Phil last year after she believed he got her axed from This Morning –  when she lost out to Rochelle Humes to cover for Holly Willoughby.

ITV has denied Phillip Schofield banned Amanda Holden from presenting This Morning
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The broadcaster has now denied that the long-time morning TV host would have had a say in who stood in for his co-host Holly when she appeared on I’m A Celeb last year.

They said: “These reports are completely untrue. Presenters don’t make decisions regarding who appears on the show.”

It was previously reported that Amanda was set to fill in for Holly initially but the offer was withdrawn at the last minute – and she thought Phillip was behind it.

Amanda is believed to have raised the issue with ITV chief Kevin Lygo, following reports he branded Amanda “difficult to manage”.

Amanda thought Phillip was behind her not getting a This Morning role
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A former daytime TV executive said: “Phillip actively campaigned for Rochelle Humes to get the job despite Amanda being more experienced — and having been told privately she’d got the gig.

“She feels Phil unfairly used his powers of persuasion. She was told he’d chosen Rochelle because she was easier to ‘manage’ on air – and understandably that incensed her.”

The BGT host addressed the feud on her radio show last month.

Rochelle stood in Holly’s shoes when she did I’m A Celeb
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Talking to her radio co-host Jamie Theakston, Amanda said: “I’ve moved on from it, Jamie, you need to move on from it.”

He replied: “You might have moved on but I just wanted to know, is there any more to the story?”

The TV favourite explained: “I did offer to meet him for a coffee months ago, he didn’t reply to my text.

“What can I say?” she responded, before Jamie pushed: “The olive branch had been extended.”

To which she replied: “Oh, yes.”


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