Dancing On Ice winner James Jordan, 41, called This Morning host Phillip Schofield, 57, a “top man” after the presenter took to Twitter to address his “sad weekend”. Following a source’s claims to The Sun that Phillip had “pushed” for Rochelle Humes, 30, to temporarily replace Holly Willoughby, 38, last year, Phillip commented on “wildly untrue” reports. In view of his 4.5 million followers, he wrote: “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’.
You’re a top man. Lots of jealous people out there mate.
“Obviously I’ll take it on the chin.. I just hope you know me better.”
Now James, in addition to several other celebrities, has supported the much-loved presenter on social media.
In view of his 253,000 followers, he wrote: “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.”
Last year, Rochelle stood in for Holly while the latter presented I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! alongside Declan Donnelly, 43.
Amanda Holden was said to have felt “let down” after missing out on the role.
Earlier this week, Amanda addressed the reports on the Heart Radio Breakfast show.
In a chat with her co-star Jamie Theakston, 48, Amanda said she had reached out to Phillip, but he ignored her.
Jamie asked Amanda: “Is there…? Was there…? Is there….?”
She replied: “I’ve moved on from it Jamie, you need to move on from it.”
However, pushing for more details, Jamie quizzed: “Is there any more to the story?”
Amanda explained: “I mean, you know, it’s not great waking up to headlines like that…
“I did offer to meet up with him [Phillip] for coffee months ago – he didn’t reply to my text.”
A former daytime TV executive previously told The Sun Phillip “actively campaigned for Rochelle Humes to get the job despite Amanda being more experienced”.
They added Amanda had been “told privately she’d got the gig”.
“She feels Phil unfairly used his powers of persuasion,” the source said.
“She was told he’d chosen Rochelle because she was easier to ‘manage’ on air — and understandably that incensed her.”
A spokesperson for ITV told Express.co.uk: “Presenter line us on This Morning change regularly and final decisions on these line ups are made by producers and not the presenters.
“Phillip Schofield is a much loved broadcaster and part of the ITV family.
“He is a consummate professional and held in high regard at ITV,” the statement concluded.
This Morning airs weekdays from 10.30am on ITV.
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