Phillip Schofield has responded to "hurtful and wildly untrue" claims that he vetoed Amanda Holden as a stand-in for Holly Willoughby on This Morning when she was on maternity leave. 

The TV presenter took to social media to express his sadness over comments made about him by an unnamed former TV executive to The Sun. They said: "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."

Amanda Holden
Amanda Holden said she extended an olive branch to Schofield 

57-year-old Schofield, who has been heading up ITV's This Morning since 2002, told his 4.5 million followers on Twitter that stories where untrue. He said: "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."

In response to the claims, ITV said that presenter line-ups on This Morning "change regularly and final decisions on these line-ups are made by producers and not the presenters".

They added: "Phillip Schofield is a much-loved broadcaster and part of the ITV family. He is a consummate professional and held in high regard at ITV."

Speaking on her Heart radio breakfast show this morning, Holden said she texted Schofield a couple of months ago hoping to clear the air but got no response.

Speaking to her co-host Jamie Theakston the Britain's Got Talent judge said: "I did offer to meet him for a coffee months ago, he didn't reply to my text.

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