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Piers Morgan and Phillip Schofield have established themselves as two titans of ITV’s morning line-up. Despite the ‘Good Morning Britain’ star and ‘This Morning’ counterpart’s individual popularity with viewers, the pair could not be any more different in their presenting styles. Relations became tense between them in their early years, which was highlighted by a threat from Piers on the red carpet.
The unusual stand-off between Piers and his fellow ITV star was hinted at in the run-up to GQ’s Men of the Year awards in London.
The ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ judge threatened to “take down Phillip Schofield” during a 2015 chat with ‘This Morning’ correspondent Jeff Brazier on the red carpet.
While he didn’t elaborate on his plans, his rival suggested their cheeky clash began years ago while Piers was the editor of The News of the World.
Phillip decried that it wasn’t him who “started it” and revealed that the journalist had once tricked him into making confessions.
He claimed Piers asked him for some personal photographs and anecdotes from his career to print in a column honouring the star but used them for something else.
The presenter appeared “redder and redder” as he explained: “I sent him a whole load of stuff, next thing he’d written a book!”
The biography ‘To Dream a Dream: The Amazing Life of Phillip Schofield’ was published by Piers in 1992.
While he claimed to have been annoyed at the time, it appeared that the pair had patched things up later and even joked about it.
Chuckling beside his ‘This Morning’ co-star Holly Willoughby, Phillip added: “I wrapped it up and gave it to him as a present at Christmas once.”
Phillip and Holly’s job security has been called into question recently after the calls from ‘This Morning’ editor Martin Frizell to have more black presenters on the show.
The plan appeared to emerge in response to wider talks about representation after Black Lives Matter marches across the US and UK.
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One insider told the Mail On Sunday earlier this month that it could spell trouble for existing presenters as if a new host was to be introduced for only one day a week they could be accused of “tokenism”.
With a full roster of hosts on the show, they hinted that it may lead to one or multiple members of the team being replaced.
But today (June 29), Mr Frizell was said to be “preparing to step down”.
Meanwhile long standing ITV star Eamonn Holmes, who co-hosts with wife Ruth Langsford, voiced fears that Piers Morgan may quit ‘Good Morning Britain’ too, during an interview on the podcast ‘Human Nature’.
He said: “The thing about Piers, and probably why a lot of people watch him, is you don’t know how long it’ll last.
“You don’t know how long he will last. You don’t know when he’ll have had enough.”
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