Strictly’s James Jordan has said Phillip Schofield is a victim of jealousy in his feud with Amanda Holden.
The This Morning presenter took to Twitter to express his hurt on Sunday as his ongoing feud with the Britain’s Got Talent judge continued to dredge up reports that he is difficult to work with.
Former Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing On Ice star Jordan replied on social media: “It was an absolute pleasure to work with you on DOI... A true professional but always very supportive and caring. And yes you’re fun, just not as fun as me You’re a top man. Lots of jealous people out there mate.”
Schofield’s other celebrity pals came out in support, including perfume maker Jo Malone, Dancing On Ice skater Matt Evers and N-Trance’s Kevin O-Toole.
Malone hailed Scholfield as a, “kind, interested, life-enhancing gentleman who looks to give back.”
O’Toole tweeted: “You don’t stay at the top for so long if you’re not decent.”
And Evers told Schofield: “12 series... that 12 years on and off screen. Either on the ice or This Morning and never... not once have I seen nor heard a bad thing from you. Your spirit and professionalism has always been at the highest level. #Keepthatchinup”
An interview This Morning presenter Rylan Clark-Neal gave earlier this year has reemerged in which he claimed he had worked with some unpleasant people in TV, although he named no names or shows.
The former X Factor contestant and Big Brother host said: “People always ask me if I'm best friends with everyone I work with in telly – but no, not everyone you work with is your friend.
"What's the point of pretending you're mates with everyone? I think I got where I have because of the way I treat everyone.
"Some of the people I work with talk to people like s***, but I treat the runner on my TV shows exactly the same as I do the executive producers."
Schofield, 57, and Holden, 48, have become embroiled in a public feud amid reports that he ‘blocked’ her from replacing Holly Willoughby as his guest co-host whilst she was in Australia presented I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!
Schofield told his Twitter followers at the weekend he had had enough, writing: “The 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 hurtful and wildly untrue stories from nameless ‘sources’. Obviously I’ll take it on the chin.. I just hope you know me better.”
Holden claimed on Monday she extended an olive branch to Schofield.
Speaking on her radio breakfast show on Heart FM Holden told co-host Jamie Theakston: “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?”
She said: “I did offer to meet him for a coffee months ago, he didn’t reply to my text. What can I say?”
Theakston said: “The olive branch had been extended,” to which she replied: “Oh yes.”