Holly Willoughby, 38, took a break from presenting This Morning last year when she headed Down Under to host I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! with Declan Donnelly, 43. As a result, Phillip Schofield, 57, was left in need of a presenting partner on the ITV morning show. Ultimately, Rochelle Humes, 30, got the job, but reports have since claimed Amanda Holden, 48, was angry by the appointment, having previously been told the spot was hers. After Amanda Holden appeared to confirm the spat with Phillip Schofield on Heart Radio last month, a source said Holly wanted to “defend” her co-host.
“Holly is fiercely protective of Phil,” an insider told new! magazine.
“She was really upset and feels she has a duty to defend him and she’s already trying to make big moves to quash the negativity from Amanda.”
The source claimed the This Morning duo had spent “hours” talking about the situation.
“Holly because she’s been really upset and burdened by seeing him that way,” they added.
They went on to say Holly is keen to set up a meeting to speak to Amanda and “bring Phillip into the mix when she’s laid the groundwork”.
“She feels she has to do this for him and can’t stand to see him so down about all this,” they told the publication.
Express.co.uk has contacted representatives for Holly, Amanda and Phillip asking for comment.
Holly Willoughby: This Morning host reportedly 'upset' by Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden feud (Image: ITV • GETTY )