Piers Morgan defends Amanda Holden amid Phillip Schofield row rumours

Piers Morgan has described Amanda Holden one of the 'nicest and most genuine people' amid reports of a fallout between her and Philip Schofield.

Outspoken Good Morning Britain host Piers said that regards Amanda as a 'genuine friend' after appearing alongside her on the Heart FM Breakfast Show.

A listener tweeted to him: "Good for you Mr Morgan. 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."

Piers responded: "Trust me, Amanda Holden is one of the nicest & most genuine people in this tawdry business – and I’ve met most of them…"

Piers, 54, and Amanda, 48, struck up a friendship after working together on the early series of Britain's Got Talent from 2007.

Amanda has continued to work on the ITV talent show and last Autumn it was reported that she was hoping to take over Holly Willoughby's This Morning role on a temporary basis.

However, she is alleged to have claimed that Phillip Schofield cost her the job by blocking the decision to have her as his co-host in favour of Rochelle Humes.

A former daytime TV executive told The Sun: "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."

After the allegations resurfaced this month, Phillip tweeted: "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," he told his 4.53million followers.

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