A This Morning presenter has called for ITV to sack Amanda Holden over the unfolding drama between her and Phillip Schofield.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge is said to be at the centre of a row with This Morning presenter Schofield over him apparently blocking her from getting the role of co-hosting with him.
A story over the weekend claimed that Holden had thought she was going to be his co-star while regular presenter Holly Willoughby was in Australia for I’m a Celebrity, but that he backed Rochelle Humes for being “easier to control on camera”.
Now Sophie Prescott, who has appeared on the daytime show 24 times demonstrating craft activities, has said she believes Holden should be given her marching orders.
Prescott told The Mirror: “Amanda was all ‘me, me, me’. I put on a brave happy face doing the show but Amanda was very off-putting during my live appearance, kept asking questions, kept interfering and I felt she was a very controlling person.
“Amanda is being thoroughly unprofessional in her behaviour to a fellow ITV family member...”
Talking about claims Amanda went to a top ITV boss for answers over the alleged snub, Prescott added: “Who does Amanda think she is, marching into Kevin Lygo's office demanding answers on what she alleges that is supposed to have happened? Amanda should be yellow-carded and told to shut up or face getting the sack from Britain's Got Talent.”
However, on Holden’s Heart Radio breakfast show with Jamie Theakston, she claimed to have offered an olive branch to Schofield that was ignored.
As Theakston asked his co-star about the weekend’s story, Holden said: “I've moved on from it, Jamie, you need to move on from it.
“I did offer to meet him for a coffee months ago, he didn't reply to my text.
"What can I say?"
Asked whether she had extended an olive branch, she replied: “Oh, yes.”
Schofield responded to the claims about his supposedly difficult nature with a tweet to say that he’d had a “really sad weekend” and denying that any of it was true.
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.
— Phillip Schofield (@Schofe) June 23, 2019
His co-host Willoughby has been supportive of him throughout the row, and many former co-stars and guests, including Dancing on Ice winner James Jordan, commented to agree that he was lovely.