AMANDA HOLDEN, who is a host on Heart Radio, has weighed into the reported controversy between This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield and his co-star Ruth Langsford. Reports over the weekend alleged a complaint had been being made by Ruth against Phillip which ITV, have categorically denied.
Amanda Holden, 48, previously hit out at Phillip Schofield, 57, over claims he blocked her from filling in for regular This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby, 38, while she spent three weeks in Australia presenting I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! last year.
It comes after The Sun alleged Ruth had filed a complaint against Phillip after he had interrupted her during a segment on Loose Women but ITV have denied a complaint was made.
Speaking on Heart Radio today, Amanda said she had moved on from her spat with the veteran host but added the This Morning presenters had finally found the “tin opener”.
When quizzed about the “tense” environment at ITV by her co-hosts Jamie Theakston and Ashley Roberts, the Britain’s Got Talent judge revealed she was happy people were “sticking up” for themselves.
Addressing the claims about the presenter, Amanda mused: “Listen, I’ve drawn a line under all of those issues with Phillip.
“I’m just going to say I really admire anyone that stick up for themselves because it’s not an easy thing to do. There’s a tin opener and there’s a can somewhere and other people have found the tin opener. That’s all I’m saying.”
Her comments come after it was reported earlier this year, there was a rift between Amanda and Phillip over a short-term presenting gig on This Morning.
The Heart Radio DJ claimed she was “blocked” from the role because Phillip had branded her “difficult to manage”.
According to The Sun Online, Amanda had already been told she had the job before the chance was taken away, in what she deemed was a campaign by the daytime star who pushed for Rochelle Humes to get the role instead.
The Sun alleged that eight ITV presenters have broken their silence about the situation, while they claimed Ruth made a formal complaint.
Responding to those claims, an ITV spokesperson has denied claims there is a “toxic” atmosphere behind-the-scenes.
They told Express.co.uk: “It’s deeply disappointing and unfair for Phillip to be the target of this sort of malicious gossip.
“Phillip is a much respected broadcaster and colleague and this is absolutely not a description of This Morning that we recognise.”
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They also said of the television duo: “Holly and Phil are great friends both on and off screen and are popular among viewers and colleagues alike.”
Editor of This Morning, Martin Frizell, also said: “I spend hundreds of days a year in their company and what you see is what you get, a genuine friendship from a couple who are both spontaneously funny and professional.
“We have the smartest viewers watching telly and believe me they would be the first to notice any issues – they haven’t because there are none.”
At the time of the reports, Express.co.uk contacted Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby and Ruth Langsford’s representatives for a comment.
Phillip and Holly have been working together on the show for a decade.
The mother-of-three became Phillip’s new co-host after veteran host Fern Britton left the show.