Simon Cowell has voiced his support for Amanda Holden amid rumours of a "feud" with Phillip Schofield.

The Britain's Got Talent boss said he rang Holden, who is a judge on the show, to assure her that her job was safe following rumours she could be fired for speaking out about Schofield.

Reports suggested that Schofield had vetoed Holden as a stand-in for Holly Willoughby on This Morning when she was on maternity leave. 

Schofield called the reports "hurtful and wildly untrue".

When asked by The Sun on Sunday newspaper about the debacle, Cowell said: "Am I on her side? She's back on the show. I can’t make it clearer than that.

"People were ringing to ask if Amanda was going to be fired, and as her boss I called her to say that wasn't the case.

"I wanted to give her that reassurance that it was never ever going to affect her relationship with me and Britain's Got Talent.

"She is hired for the Champions version and any other shows she wants to do.

"Yes, I did respect her for standing up for herself. But I spoke to her as her employer and she appreciated the call."

Simon Cowell said of Amanda Holden: "I respect her for standing up for herself"

Cowell's new BGT Champions show starts recording later this month and will see Holden reunited with judges Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.

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