Simon Cowell rang Amanda Holden to reassure her job was safe after critics called for her to be SACKED amid Phillip Schofield spat.. as he admits he ‘doesn’t tolerate bullies’

Simon Cowell revealed that he called Amanda Holden to reassure her that her job was safe during her ongoing public spat with Phillip Schofield.

The Britain’s Got Talent boss, 59, said that he felt he had a responsibility to make sure Amanda felt that she had job security and admitted he ‘doesn’t tolerate bullies’.

Amanda recently reignited a feud with daytime TV stalwart Phillip when she said she believes he sabotaged her chances of filling in on This Morning while Holly Willoughby hosted I’m A Celebrity.

Following the dramatic fall out, Simon told the Mirror: ‘People were calling me to ask if Amanda was getting fired, so I called her to say no.

Simon continued by saying he would never stand back and watch an employee be bullied, adding: ‘I don’t tolerate bullies in the work place. I prevent it. I see it happening and I stop it.

‘Of course we are anti-bullying. We have a zero tolerance policy.’

Simon reiterated that he has made it explicitly clear that Amanda will be back on the show and admires her for standing up for herself.

The X Factor boss revealed that her spat with someone else would never stand in the way of the relationship he has with her.

Reports have long been rife about troubles between Amanda and Phillip, with the latest detail of the story claiming Amanda lobbied ITV executives over the animosity after Phil allegedly pushed for Rochelle Humes to take the job.

A former daytime TV executive told the publication: ‘Phillip actively campaigned for Rochelle Humes to get the job despite Amanda being more experienced – and having been told privately she’d got the gig.’

Phillip spoke out over ‘hurtful and untrue’ details of his increasingly acrimonious relationship with BGT judge Amanda last month.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘The end of another really sad weekend. When you try for 35 years to be the easiest, most fun person to work with and you read such hurtful and wildly untrue stories from nameless “sources”.

‘Obviously I’ll take it on the chin.. I just hope you know me better.’

An ITV spokesperson said: ‘Presenter line ups on This Morning change regularly and final decisions on these line ups are made by producers and not the presenters.

‘Phillip Schofield is a much loved broadcaster and part of the ITV family. He is a consummate professional and held in high regard at ITV. Amanda is also held in high regard as a judge on one of our biggest shows.’

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