Piers Morgan defends Amanda Holden as her 'feud' with Phillip Schofield continues

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Piers Morgan described Amanda Holden as 'one of the most genuine people' in show business while appearing on Heart FM's Breakfast show on Thursday 27 June (Ian West/Getty)

Piers Morgan has described Amanda Holden as “one of the nicest people” in show business amid rumours that the latter is part of an ongoing feud with ITV veteran Phillip Schofield.

The notoriously outspoken Good Morning Britain host appeared alongside Holden during her and Jamie Theakston’s Heart FM Breakfast Show on 27 June. After describing her as a good pal, a listener tweeted him to say: “Good for you Mr Morgan.

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“At a time when Amanda is getting such a lot of unnecessary criticism for being honest, it’s good to see she has some genuine friends.”

“Trust me, Amanda Holden is one of the nicest & most genuine people in this tawdry business,” Morgan - who became close to Holden when they worked together on Britain’s Got Talent - replied. “And I’ve met most of them..."

According to reports, Holden first clashed with Schofield back in October 2018, when the latter allegedly influenced This Morning producers to replace her with Rochelle Humes.

“Amanda was so excited when she learnt she had secured the role,” a source told The Sun at the time. "She is ITV’s golden girl and has always been a firm favourite.

“She’s an experienced co-host and has filled in on the sofa on many occasions, including alongside Phil. So she was shocked when she was taken out to lunch by ITV executives who told her that unfortunately they couldn’t follow through with the offer.”

Amanda Holden used to cover for regular presenter Holly Willoughby on 'This Morning'. (ITV/YouTube)

Holden supposedly reignited the feud during a breakfast show recording a couple of weeks ago, when she compared Schofield to a household pest on air.

Just recently, Schofield took to Twitter to seemingly address the ongoing spat, writing: “The end of another really sad weekend. When you try for 35 years to be the easiest, most fun person to work with and you read such hurtful and wildly untrue stories from nameless ‘sources’.

“Obviously I’ll take it on the chin.. I just hope you know me better.”

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During Morgan’s radio stint, Holden revealed why she’d never appear on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, an in-depth interview series that sees a particular famous face receive a serious probing from the host.

"You already know my life story, you splashed it across the papers,” she joked, referring to the time that Morgan was the editor of the Daily Mirror and published numerous stories about her tumultuous relationship with first husband Les Dennis.