SNUBBED BY THIS MORNING
Given that she’s stepped in for Holly Willoughby many times in the past, it was a shock when Amanda wasn’t brought in as her replacement while she went to co-host I’m a Celebrity.
And it’s not just viewers who were shocked. ‘Rochelle got Amanda’s spot and she’s not happy with their choice, it feels personal,’ says our insider. ‘This feels like a snub, Amanda was dedicated to This Morning.’ The presenter was said to have been initially offered the job, but the offer was withdrawn at the last minute. ‘Amanda was so excited when she learnt she had secured the role,’ explains a source. ‘So she was shocked when she was taken out to lunch by ITV executives who told her that unfortunately they couldn’t follow through with the offer.’ And it appeared that Phillip Schofield played a part, with reports insisting that ‘the decision had been heavily influenced by Phil and that he had thrown a spanner in the works’. ‘She couldn’t understand why Phil might not want her to be his co-host, as she thought they had a great personal and professional relationship,’ adds the source.
Phil has admitted he wanted Rochelle as his co-host… …much to the dismay of Amanda, who thought they had a great rapport