Awk­ward! Phil and Fern’s war of words

Fern’s awk­ward row with Phil over This Morn­ing ‘snub’

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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

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