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The ITV host is reportedly the subject of complaints by fellow This Morning presenters after they complained about his behaviour behind the scenes.

The presenter posted a video to his Snapchat story of him opening his rather impressive Advent Calendar – which is stocked full of gin.

The short clip showed Phillip approaching his calendar as he pulled out a full-sized bottle of booze.

‘It’s the 7th of December, and there it is,’ he began.

‘We have got, oh Fireside Spice Gin, that sounds perfect for later on, I am liking the look of that.’

The video ends with Phillip saying: ‘Warm me up.’

According to reports by The Sun, his relationship with Holly Willoughby has become strained over recent months.

It doesn’t look like the claims are bothering the host (Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/REX)

They claim eight big ITV presenters have spoken to them about the ‘toxic’ atmosphere at This Morning, with one household name saying: ‘For so long people have been silenced because they are scared for their job. If they speak out publicly about the atmosphere they fear there could be repercussions.’

It comes after rumours Phillip got Amanda Holden banned from presenting the show.

Phillip and Holly apparently clashed when she won a BAFTA for filling in for Ant McPartlin on I’m A Celebrity, which Phillip didn’t want her to celebrate on This Morning.

An ITV source told The Sun: ‘Phillip was furious. He didn’t want Holly mentioning her triumph when they reunited on This Morning.

‘It felt very petty and bitter for someone who is his close friend. But it felt like he was jealous.’

Another colleague added: ‘He is very jealous of Holly, who has remained a nice person despite her success.’

Amanda and Phillip were embroiled in a public feud (Picture: Rex)
ITV insist the duo get on (Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/REX)

They also alleged that Holly had objected to Phillip posting videos of her drinking alcohol on social media, but had to ask him not to through her agent as she was too afraid to speak to him directly.

Ruth also complained after he interrupted her during a segment where she previewed Loose Women on the show.

Former presenter Fern Britton also quit as Phillip was being paid ‘three times’ as much as she was, with her agent branding him an ‘arch manipulator’.

Phillip’s PA also left to work on Loose Women despite the pair apparently having a close friendship prior to this.

A spokesperson for ITV said: ‘It’s deeply disappointing and unfair for Phillip to be the target of this sort of malicious gossip. Phillip is a much-respected broadcaster and colleague and this is absolutely not a description of This Morning that we recognise. Holly and Phil are great friends both on and off-screen and are popular among viewers and colleagues alike.’ 

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Martin Frizell, Editor of This Morning added: ‘I spend hundreds of days a year in their company and what you see is what you get, a genuine friendship from a couple who are both spontaneously funny and professional. We have the smartest viewers watching telly and believe me, they would be the first to notice any issues – they haven’t because there are none.’

Metro.co.uk reached out to Phillip’s reps for comment.



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