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Inside This Morning’s ‘toxic’ feud

FOR millions of loyal viewers, it’s a safe, cozy daytime show with friendly faces that are almost family members.

In recent years, however, This Morning has been plagued by rumors of backstage sniping and bitter feuds, with the host Phillip Schofield in the center of the rows.

Ruth and Eamonn fell in love with Phillip Schofield after he interrupted the Loose Women video

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Ruth and Eamonn fell in love with Phillip Schofield after he interrupted the Loose Women videoCredit: Rex

This weekend Eamonn Holmes62 years old, lighting the fire again, by building a brand popular server “Passive-aggressive” and claims that he’s “famous for sneaking around with people.”

He also criticized ITV executives for suggesting that he gave up his role on the show to join GB News when in fact he was criticized, along with his wife and co-host. submitted to Ruth Langsford, 61 years old.

“They are very sly,” he told Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine. “They didn’t want to announce that I was disqualified because it would adversely affect the audience, so they acted as if I was leaving, not the other way around.”

But that’s just the latest in a long string of feuds and frosty relationships on the ITV flagship.

Eamonn claims bosses call him ‘pale, old and masculine’

Eamonn posted his 'mirror' photo after the interview

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Eamonn posted his ‘mirror’ photo after the interview

Eamonn accused bosses of firing him because he didn’t fit their “youth trends” and said he was branded “pale, old and manly”.

Holmes, who previously co-presented GMTV for ITV’s breakfast program for 12 years, added: “I’m not going to mock myself like things have been. I may be manly and pale but I am still at the top of my game.”

After the interview was posted, This Morning fashion expert Lisa Snowden appeared to support him on Instagram, along with former Loose women star Saira Khan.

Eamonn posted a moody black and white photo of himself, sitting on the stairs looking away from the camera with the words: “Today in a reflective mood… .. but said what had to be said to set the record. .”

In a now-deleted reply, Lisa posted a “raise hand” celebratory emoji and a red heart emoji.

Saira, who worked with Ruth on Loose Women, was more openly supportive, writing: “Soo is proud of you and all that you stand for.”

The ITV boss also denied ill-treatment of the couple, saying: “This is not the version of events that we recognize and as we have said before, we wish Eamonn all the best. all the best.”

The failure of the fern after ‘living in Phil’s shadow’

Fern tearfully breaks up with Scofe after quitting the show in 2009

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Fern tearfully breaks up with Scofe after quitting the show in 2009Credit: Rex

Fern Britton sensationally abandoned This Morning in 2009, after seven years, amid reports that she was “already living in Phil’s shadow”.

She has persistently denied rumors she’s quitting because her co-presenter is being paid more and said an incident on set that caused her to resign was shocking.

“Something happened and I thought, ‘It really is,’ and I walked away and resigned. I was actually treated pretty badly,” she said. “And after a while, I just thought, ‘Let’s go to sleep’.”

In his 2020 autobiography, Phil shed light on what he believes was the cause of their split, which came after Fern accused him of “interfering” with the show’s content.

“I went back to the dressing room and calmly said, ‘Please don’t do that to me again,’” he said.

“I think, for whatever reason, that’s where Fern decided she didn’t want to do This Morning anymore.

“When she announced that she was leaving, I was heartbroken. Heartbroken because our friendship turned sour inexplicably, and heartbreaking because I’ve never had a current partnership like it before. “

The uproar has caused a bitter rift between old friends, with Phillip admitting he has “tried for years to get it right”.

But this week, as Hurricane Eamonn Holmes raged, Fern seemed to have buried the rooster by recording a congratulatory message to mark the 40th anniversary of Phil’s television career.

“Forty years is an incredible milestone, and it’s time for you to just stop and look back and see all that you’ve achieved and be proud of it,” she said in the video, which was shown in a video. Lorraine’s special show.

Amanda Holden was ‘rejected’ for being ‘difficult to manage’

Phil says Amanda has 'faulty edit button'

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Phil says Amanda has ‘faulty edit button’Credits: Rex Features

Scofe found himself in the middle of another row of seats, in 2015, when he called guest host Amanda Holden “scary” after she stood in Holly Willoughbymaternity leave.

“She kept me,” he told Heat. “She has a faulty edit button and she forgets she’s watching television, which is so adorable and funny, but pretty scary at times.”

Three years later, Amanda lost her chance to take on presentation duties when Holly flew to Australia to present I’m A Celeb – and she believes Phillip influenced ITV’s decision.

Reports suggested she missed work – the job went to Rochelle Humes – after Phillip accused her of being “difficult to manage”.

When Amanda appeared on the show as a guest, she was said to have confronted him during commercials – and he was said to have “lost his words”.

The Heart presenter later clarified her feelings when asked by co-host Jamie Theakston that she didn’t want to find anything in her house, replying: “Spiders, flies… And Phillip Schofield. ”

ITV has always denied the claims, saying, “These reports are completely untrue. Presenters do not make decisions about who will appear on the show. “

But controversy erupted again in June 2019 after a former ITV executive alleged that two people – including Amanda – had complained about Phil being “bossy” and contributing to the work environment. toxic”.

In a rare move, Phillip quashed the claims, tweeting: “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 heartbreaking and wild stories from unnamed ‘sources’.

“Obviously I would get it on my chin. I just hope you understand me better.”

Amanda insists she has been in contact with her former co-host, saying: “I offered to meet him for a coffee last month, he hasn’t responded to my texts. ‘I What can I say?'”

It is understood that now both have lined up behind them.

Rift with Ruth after being cut on live TV

The remaining Ruth was seething after her sentence was cut midway

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The remaining Ruth was seething after her sentence was cut midwayCredit: Rex

The rift between the main team of This Morning and Friday shows, Eamonn and Ruth began in 2019, over a Loose Women live TV show.

Ruth is said to have angrily slammed her pen down after Scofe cut her off, midway, in the clip and then she did complaint daytime television host Emma Gormley.

In her latest interview, Eamonn addressed the issue, saying: “Ruth has to say how she feels, but I feel hurt for her.

“No one can slander me like that. I have a good Belfast street fighter in me… I’ll be the direct one. I’m not looking for presenters who think they have special privilege or aura or influence. “

Relations did not clearly improve at the National Television Awards, in July 2020, when Phil, Holly, Ruth and Eamonn took to the stage to hit the gong for Best Live Magazine Show.

While Phillip praised the married hosts – saying “Your Fridays are amazing, we love you guys so much” – fans felt a chilling reception from Ruth and said she was “forced to laugh”.

The pair were dropped from their sixth place, in November 2020 and were replaced by Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary.

Rumors of a row between Ruth and Alison Hammond

Ruth denies her 'reality show' comment was aimed at Alison

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Ruth denies her ‘reality show’ comment was aimed at AlisonCredit: Rex
Holly says she owes her job to her co-host

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Holly says she owes her job to her co-hostCredit: Rex

After their push from the show, Ruth seems to have a slam dunk to replace Alison Hammond – who started her television career as a contestant on Big Brother.

“[Eamonn and I have] put in the work. We don’t do a reality show and take an overnight job on the phone. We went through the ranks,” she told the Mirror.

These comments fueled rumors of simmering tension between the two presenters, but Ruth quickly denied that she was referring to Alison, 47, saying her comments were “not aimed at anyone in particular. body”.

While both deny any friction, Alison admits that not all of the This Morning hosts are best friends.

“We’re not on top of each other, you know what I mean?” she told The Sun.

“Phillip and Holly, they go on vacation together. They really love each other, in a sibling way.

“But when we finished, everyone wanted to go home to their families and see them. They all went and did their own thing.”

Yesterday, as in memory of Phillip from colleagues – including Holly, former hosts Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, and his own family – Eamonn and Ruth conspicuous in their absence.

In her emotional speech, Holly – who replaced Fern Britton in 2009 – inadvertently contradicted ITV’s insistence that Phillip had no say in the hiring of presenters, by feeling emotional Thank him for giving her the job.

She revealed that Phillip pushed her to join This Morning after Fern Britton left in 2009, believing she was “the only one” who could do the job.

“I don’t know why you’re so convinced of that,” Holly said. “I thank you every single day because I know that, really, you’ve adopted that school of thought on your own, and you’re really frustrated in the face of it, I got the job.”

ITV has consistently denied Phillip was behind the rifts on set, adding: “Phillip is a much-loved broadcaster and part of the ITV family. He is an excellent and highly regarded professional at ITV. ”

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