Television presenter and actress, Amanda Holden was left fuming after finding out recently that she had been replaced to co-host on the show This Morning.
Amanda was set to fill in for Holly Willoughby but the producers opted to replace her for a younger celebrity female just weeks before she was due to start.
Amanda was a dead cert to host
The actress was due to replace Holly in November and December whilst she heads down under to present I’m a Celebrity, for the first time with Declan Donnelly.
47 year old Amanda has co-hosted on This Morning several times over the past few years. She made appearances in 2014, 2015 and 2017 and is said to be a well liked and experienced host.
Yet, her offer to appear this year was withdrawn last minute with very little notice leaving blonde Amanda fuming and pointing the finger of blame at Philip Schofield.
Amada was ‘scary’ to co-host with says Phil
Amanda replaced Holly Willoughby back in October 2014 when as she took a year off the show to have her third baby.
In 2015, Phillip confessed to finding working alongside Amanda was ‘occasionally quite scary’.
He said at the time: ‘Amanda kept me on my toes. She has a faulty edit button and she forgets she’s on the telly, which is enormously endearing and funny, but occasionally quite scary.’
Amanda is called out for lack of professionalism in walking off This Morning set last year
It is rumoured that Amanda may not be returning to do another stint as host on This Morning as she can lack professionalism. Last year, she walked off set in the middle of presenting, blaming a cough. However, it has been speculated that she did so for other reasons.
Standing in for regular Holly at this time, she disappeared out of shot just minutes into a Halloween make-up tutorial leaving host Ben Sheppard in shock.
The mother of two appeared to be struggling with a cough and then walked off the set to apparently compose herself.
“I’m just going to go cough over here,” Amanda told Ben, as she walked off at speed.
“She’s gone to cough that way, she doesn’t want to cough on us for a change,” Ben jokingly added.
It has been suggested that leaving the set due to an uncontrollable cough was Amanda’s way of masking her revulsion and anger towards something that the actress has just witnessed.
The coughing incident happened immediately after Ben tried squirrel pate given to him by Dave and Rosie Barham – a couple appearing on the show who regularly eat squirrel. They were avid defenders of hunting and eating the animal and allow their son to kills squirrels which they then cook and dish up to the family.
Vegetarian Amanda was unable to hide her disgust at the thought of the so called delicacy as Ben went on to say: “It’s got a bit of chicken liver in it too… it’s quite a delicate flavour, isn’t it?”
Amanda blames Philip for last minute decision to get rid of her
Amanda Holden was set to fill in for Holly for November and December but a last minute change of heart saw the offer withdrawn and given to former girl band member Rochelle Humes.
The 47 year old Britain’s Got Talent judge, believes that Schofield was behind her being axed.
A source said: “Amanda was very excited when she learnt she had secured the role.”
“She is very popular at ITV and has always been a favourite with This Morning. She is ITV’s golden girl and has always been a firm favourite with This Morning.”
“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.”
“During the lunch they let slip they thought the decision had been heavily influenced by Phil and that he had thrown a spanner in the works.”
The meeting took place just a few weeks before it was announced that Rochelle would be covering for Holly. Amanda was devastated by the news. She had been preparing herself for joining the set and had cleared her work calendar to fit in the dates.
She believed that she and Philip had a good relationship and on screen chemistry so was unable to understand why he might not want to co-host with her this year.
Amanda wanted answers and she decided to confront Schofield whilst on the This Morning Set.
Amanda appears on This Morning after learning that she had been ditched as presenter
Shortly after learning her work offer had been terminated, Amanda made an awkward appearance on the show on 8th October. She was interviewed by Phil and Holly about her work with the charity, Tommy’s.
It was during an ad break that she confronted Philip about her suspicions that he was behind her dismissal.
The source added: “She made it clear that she felt very let down.”
“He was lost for words but didn’t have much time to respond to Amanda’s claims because the show was going back on air.
Neither of them realised that Amanda could be overheard by most of the team because she was still wearing her mic pack.”
Rochelle Humes was not an obvious choice for presenter
Although 29 year old Rochelle does have presenting experience, she was not an obvious choice to co-host in Holly’s absence. It has been speculated that Amanda was elbowed off in favour of Rochelle as she is much younger than The Britain’s Got Talent Judge.
Just one week in of presenting, Rochelle’s outfits have come under scrutiny for being either inappropriate, tight fitting or see though. The 29-year-old will co-host the show for five weeks, Monday to Thursday, until Holly’s return.