Awkward! Phil and Fern’s war of words
Fern’s awkward row with Phil over This Morning ‘snub’
It was supposed to be a joyous celebration of This Morning’s 30 years, but old wounds between former copresenters Fern Britton and Phillip Schofield were reopened when they got into an on-air spat last week. During a live video link with Phil and Holly Willoughby, Fern made a dig over not being invited with the rest of the team to receive a BAFTA award in London days earlier. As well as Phil and Holly, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford and original presenters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan attended the special ceremony.
Fern said, ‘Congrats on the BAFTA,’ adding, ‘That was absolutely wonderful and brilliant. I would have loved to have been there, but I didn’t get an invitation.’
Phillip, 56, tried to move the conversation on by cutting her off to ask about the theatre production of Calendar Girls, which she is starring in.
He said, ‘ You are on stage, so how’s it going? Standing ovations every night...’
But Fern hit back defiantly, ‘ Well, I wasn’t on Monday night. I would have come, but I wasn’t invited.’
Viewers rushed to Twitter to discuss how uncomfortable it was to see the former friends ‘throw shade’ at each other.
One said, ‘THE SHADE IS REAL! OUCH. Turns out Fern Britton wasn’t invited to the #ThisMorning event at BAFTA on Monday and she called them out on it...’
Phil even snarkily replied that his former co-host had ‘memory loss’. His nowdeleted tweet read, ‘Odd really, because she was invited and declined #memoryloss we’d have loved her to be there. A vital and much-loved part of the show.’
Fern, 61, hit back, ‘No. I had no invitation to decline.’
Shockingly, Fern’s talent agent, Troika, later said that she was invited – but they never actually told her.
‘HUGE apologies from Troika to @ThisMorning. An invitation to @Fern_Britton from #BAFTA did arrive, but as she was touring with #CalendarGirls we assumed she wouldn’t be able to attend, and we declined. Fern had no idea that she had been invited. Luckily, she has forgiven us.’
Fern added, ‘Thank goodness I was invited, even if I didn’t actually receive the invitation. See you next time @BAFTA.’
Oh dear, oh dear…
Fern thought she had been left off the guestlist Fern and Phil presented This Morning together for seven years The uncomfortable moment happened live on This Morning