This Morning host Phillip Schofield, 55, was accompanied by Holly Willoughby, 37, when the ITV show was awarded by BAFTA for their 30th birthday earlier this week.
However, former presenter Fern, 61, was notably absent as the team enjoyed a party to celebrate their big milestone.
Appearing on the show this morning, the star, who hosted alongside Phillip for 10 years before leaving in 2009, seemed to be put out by not having been in attendance.
“Congratulations on BAFTA,” she said, appearing via video link. “That was absolutely wonderful and brilliant, and I would have loved to have been there, but I didn’t get an invitation…”
Odd really, because she was invited and declined #memoryloss
Quickly changing the subject, Phillip tried to turn talk to Fern’s current role in Calendar Girls, saying: “You are on stage, so how’s it going? Standing ovations every night?”
“Well, I wasn’t on Monday night,” she replied, referring to the night of This Morning’s BAFTA celebrations.
The delicate moment didn’t go unnoticed by viewers, who were quick to flood Twitter with reactions.
Later, Phillip addressed their exchange, replying to one social media user who shared the clip and said: “THE SHADE IS REAL.”
“Odd really, because she was invited and declined #memoryloss,” the presenter said. “We’d have loved her to be there. A vital and much loved part of the show.”
Less than an hour later, Fern also responded to a post from a fan who said: “No animosity between @Schofe and @Fern_Britton, of course! Even if she had been invited, surely Phillip would have assumed there had been some kind of miscommunication — rather than making a jibe about “#memoryloss”.”
This Morning: Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton were in a Twitter spat (Image: ITV)
This Morning: Phillip Schofield tried to change the subject when Fern Britton brought up BAFTA (Image: ITV)
She insisted she had not received an invitation to the bash, despite what her former co-star had said.
“No. I had no