This Morning bosses ‘almost replaced Phillip Schofield’ for GMB’s Ben Shephard

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Sources have claimed that ITV execs lined Good Morning Britain host, Ben Shephard, up for the daytime hit should Phillip Schofield ever leave the programme.

This comes after claims Amanda Holden backed This Morning’s regular presenter, Ruth Langsford who has allegedly filed a formal complaint against Phillip, 57.

Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda has praised Ruth for “sticking up for herself”.

Amanda also went on to suggest that a “can of worms” may be about to be unleashed following an alleged “civil war” at ITV head offices.

It’s believed that Ben was set to replace Phillip Schofield on This Morning

After being questioned on her Heart FM radio show, Amanda, 48, said: “I admire anyone who sticks up for themselves as it’s not an easy thing to do.

“There is a tin opener and a can somewhere, and other people have found the opener.”

Last year, Amanda blamed Phillip when she was snubbed as Holly Willoughby’s cover when she jetted to Australia to present I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Amanda Holden backed Loose Women and This Morning host, Ruth Langsford

Instead, Holly was replaced by former The Saturdays singer, Rochelle Humes who was often seen in fits of laughter alongside The Silver Fox.

Mum-of-two, Amanda has previously joked that she would never want to find “spiders, flies and Phillip Schofield” in her home.

It’s believed that Eamonn Holmes’ wife, Ruth, lodged a formal complaint to execs in April claiming that Phillip rudely interrupted her back in April.

Ruth Langsford has allegedly filled a complaint about Phillip Schofield

The Sun have alleged that eight more ITV stars have raised concerns about the tension caused by the Dancing On Ice presenter.

It’s also believed that Phillip’s relationship with his co-host Holly Willoughby is said to be cooling down.

However, bosses claim that he is the target of “malicious gossip”.

Daily Star Online have contacted ITV for a statement.

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