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Eve Beattie

Denise Welch defends Rylan after Carol Malone brands him 'more fake than Phil' in This Morning rant

Denise Welch has backed Rylan Clark to permanently host This Morning as reports of a rift between Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby continue. The duo put on a united front as they appeared side by side on the show this week.

However, according to sources, the pair have been at each other's throats behind the scenes. We recently reported that Alison Hammond is currently the bookie's favourite to replace one of the two. But now, Loose Women star Denise Welch revealed she is backing Rylan to take over.

In response to TV personality Carole Malones tweet, which read: "Please God not Rylan to replace @Schofe. He's on everything and is even more fake than Phil #ThisMorning", Denise responded: "Think you're in the minority there Carole You didn't have to say that out loud!!!"

Elsewhere, the Eurovision presenter clearly wasn’t here for the shade and simply replied: ‘Morning,’ alongside a thumbs-up emoji. In reference to Holly and Phil, speaking to the Daily Mail, a source said: "Don’t be surprised if you never see them together again, apart from on camera. "This has all been so heartbreaking for Holly, but she knows she has to stand on her own two feet and cut the strings."

They added: "Nobody ever thought it would end like this. They were part of one another’s families, and they spent a lot of their weekends socialising. She has tried so hard." In a statement shared last week, Phillip described Holly as his ‘rock’.

The pair's friendship has been surrounded by feud rumours (ITV)

"As I have said before, Holly is my rock,’ he stressed. ‘We’re the best of friends — as always, she is an incredible support on screen, behind the scenes and on the phone." He continued to The Sun: "Holly has always been there for me, through thick and thin. And I’ve been there for her. "The last few weeks haven’t been easy for either of us."

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