Piers Morgan defends Amanda Holden as one of the 'nicest and most genuine people in this tawdry industry' amid Phillip Schofield row

PIERS Morgan has defended Amanda Holden as one of the "nicest and most genuine people in this tawdry industry" amid her row with Phillip Schofield.

The 54-year-old was praised for being a "genuine friend" to the Britain's Got Talent judge following her bitter fallout with Phil.

It came after Piers' appearance on Amanda Holden's Heart Breakfast Show this morning, when a listener said: "Good for you Mr Morgan.

"At a time when Amanda is getting such a lot of unnecessary criticism for being honest, it’s good to see she has some genuine friends."

Piers replied: "Trust me, @AmandaHolden is one of the nicest & most genuine people in this tawdry business – and I’ve met most of them…"

The Good Morning Britain host is a long-term friend of Amanda who he worked alongside on the BGT judging panel back in 2007.

His comments today appeared to show Piers' loyalty to Amanda who is locked in a bitter row with This Morning host Phil.

Their argument is over Amanda losing out to Rochelle Humes to be Holly Willoughby's stand-in while she was filming I'm A Celebrity.

Fuming Amanda complained to bosses that she missed out because Phillip had branded her “difficult to manage”.

After the bust-up was revealed by The Sun on Sunday, Phil told his followers: "The end of another really sad weekend."

He added that he had tried to be "the easiest, most fun person to work with" throughout his 35-year career – concluding that he will "take it on the chin".

She admitted on her radio show reaching out to Phil to end the feud a months ago.

Talking to her radio co-host Jamie Theakston, Amanda said: "I've moved on from it, Jamie, you need to move on from it."

He replied: "You might have moved on but I just wanted to know, is there any more to the story?"

The TV favourite explained: "I did offer to meet him for a coffee months ago, he didn't reply to my text.

"What can I say?"


Phil's friendship with with his This Morning co-presenter Holly also hit the rocks after a Sunday Times interview featured the pair on the front cover airbrushing a crown onto Holly’s head, but leaving Phillip’s bare.

Its subdeck read: "How Holly Willoughby eclipsed Phillip Schofield and became Britain's hottest TV star".

The magazine's team later wrote a letter of apology to the silver fox's management.

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