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Rumours of their ‘dwindling relationship’ have emerged (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

A ‘devastated’ Phillip Schofield is said to have had a ‘tense’ phone call with Holly Willoughby as rumours of their ‘feud’ emerged.

Just days ago, reports revealed the This Morning hosts were ‘barely speaking’.

It was said that the Dancing On Ice presenters are not on good terms behind-the-scenes, amid a dwindling relationship.

Phil, 61, later released his own statement insisting that he’s still ‘best friends’ with Holly, 42.

He added: ‘The last few weeks haven’t been easy for either of us.’

It’s now been reported that as the rumours began to fly, in which it was said Holly would want to stay on This Morning without Phil if he were to leave, Phil rung his co-star.

A ‘devastated’ Phil is said to have rung Holly (Picture: Matt Frost/ITV/Shutterstock)

A source said: ‘Things have been difficult between them, but for it to play out so publicly was the last thing Phil was ever expecting.

‘He has spoken with Holly over the phone about how this all played out.’

The insider added to The Sun: ‘He’s devastated by it all and is incredibly upset.’

Recent weeks have seen Holly suffering from shingles, while the likes of Alison Hammond and Rochelle Humes were called in as a replacement.

Meanwhile, Joel Dommett took Phil’s seat when he was on leave from the show, as his brother Timothy Schofield was on trial in a sexual abuse case.

Phil insisted they were ‘best friends’ after rumours they were ‘barely speaking’ (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

Schofield was found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy over a period of three years, having been charged with 11 sexual offences involving a child between October 2016 and October 2019 – including two of sexual activity with a child.

Following the guilty verdict, Phil issued a statement and said he ‘no longer’ has a brother.

At the time, a source told Mail Online: ‘Holly is loyal to Phil and she will always be there for him.’

‘And she will always be there for This Morning too. She sees it as her role to keep things going.’

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The pair’s reported behind-the-scenes feud comes after their scandal last year in which they were accused of ‘skipping’ the queue to see the Queen’s coffin lying in state.

They later addressed the backlash in a statement and stressed they had ‘respected’ the rules set for the media.

Metro.co.uk has approached Holly and Phil’s reps for comment.

This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV1.

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Graham Norton addressed the EBU’s decision (Picture: John Phillips/Getty Images)

Eurovision host Graham Norton has described the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) as ruling ‘with an iron fist’ after its decision to block Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky from speaking at the final.

The presenter hailed a ‘golden age’ of the competition on the eve of the grand final in Liverpool and said he had no involvement in the decision not to let Mr Zelensky address the worldwide audience of 160 million.

The EBU, which produces the event, said on Thursday night that it had declined Mr Zelensky’s request to speak on Saturday over fears it could politicise the contest.

‘The Eurovision Song Contest is an international entertainment show and governed by strict rules and principles which have been established since its creation,’ their statement begins.

‘As part of these, one of the cornerstones of the contest is the non-political nature of the event.

‘This principle prohibits the possibility of making political or similar statements as part of the contest.’

Presideny Zelensky has been barred from speaking at the Grand Final (Picture: EPA)

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won Eurovision last year (Picture: AP)

The EBU went on to commend Mr Zelensky for his ‘laudable intentions’.

At a press conference on Friday, Norton said: ‘As far as I know, it’s an EBU decision and, as we know, the EBU, they rule with an iron fist so what they say goes.’

He added he was not able to laugh at the acts in the contest any more because the standard has improved so much since he started commentating on the show in 2009.

He told journalists: ‘I personally think we’re going through a golden age of Eurovision.

It is against Eurovision’s rules to make political statements (Picture: REUTERS)

‘I really think the shows of the last few years have been great, really good songs.

‘There was always kind of a nostalgic thing and a kitschy thing and a campy thing and there’s a little bit of that left but, actually, now it’s just a bunch of great pop songs.

‘It is a serious song contest. I still have a joke from the commentary box but they’re different jokes.

‘You can’t laugh at the acts any more because they’re so good.’

Mae Muller said this year feels ‘very, very special’ (Picture: SplashNews.com)

This comes as UK entry Mae Muller called it a huge honour to see Ukrainian flags in the streets, as Liverpool prepared to host on behalf of the war-torn country.

She said: ‘I think this is what Eurovision’s about. It’s proof that us, as human beings, can come together and we can support each other.

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‘It feels like a very, very special year and no matter what the outcome is tomorrow night, I will look back at this moment with such a sense of pride.’

The 25-year-old singer added that she was ‘ready to get this show on the road’.

The Eurovision Grand Final airs Saturday, May 13 at 8pm on BBC One and iPlayer.

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