Phillip Schofield called ‘arch manipulator’ amid Amanda Holden feud

This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield has come under further criticism as his bitter rift with Amada Holden remains in the public spotlight.

Phil defended himself from claims he blocked the Britain’s Got Talent judge from other television roles but now another former colleague’s agent has accused him of manipulating ITV bosses.

TV personality Fern Britton co-presented This Morning alongside Phil from 2002 to 2009 and now her agent from that time, Jon Roseman has weighed in on the spat, claiming Phil has the reputation of an ‘arch manipulator’.

‘From day one he began to interfere with the editorial content of the show. Fern always left it to the editor, a mistake she attempted to rectify, but too late,’ Jon told the Daily Mail.

‘His stranglehold was too tight by the time she recognised what he was up to.

‘Their ability to work together was up there with the Eamonn Holmes/Anthea Turner friction.

‘He befriended Simon Shaps, the then boss of the network centre. After this friendship, all bets were off… he just got what he wanted.’

Phil was embroiled in an awkward feud with Fern when a live chat on This Morning last year saw her quiz him on why she wasn’t invited to the show’s 30th anniversary Bafta celebration.

Strictly professional James Jordan has come out in support of Phil, tweeting that he is an ‘absolute pleasure to work with’ and This Morning guest presenter Sophie Prescott called for Amanda to be sacked for her comments.

Amanda brought the feud back into the spotlight this week when asked on her Heart FM show what three things she wouldn’t like to find in her home and she replied: ‘Spiders, flies and Phillip Schofield.’

It was previously claimed that the This Morning presenter blocked her from securing a number of high-profile presenting roles – including filling in for Holly Willoughby when she was in Australia for I’m A Celebrity last year.

This Morning airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV.

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