Karren Brady warns ‘don’t let fame go to your head’ as she talks Holly and Phil

Baroness Karren Brady, 54, warned about the fickle nature of fame and the importance of having your co-stars’ support as she gave her opinion on the latest reports of a feud between Holly Willoughby, 42, and Phillip Schofield, 61.

Despite their cheery demeanors onscreen, the This Morning duo are said to be “barely speaking” when the cameras stop rolling.

The Apprentice star suggested that it must be “hellish” for the pair to appear on TV together if the pair don’t really get on very well.

Speaking about how meaningful the support of her colleague and co-star Lord Alan Sugar, 76, has been to her over the years, she reflected on how “vital” encouragement and camaraderie amongst colleagues is in such a high-pressure environment.

She also warned that it was important “not to let fame go to your head” despite becoming one of British TV’s most recognisable faces.

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“You must be able to trust each other and no one can get away with thinking they are better or more important than anyone else,” she wrote in her column for the Sun.

“It’s important that the success and trappings of being on TV don’t go to your head and it’s critical that you respect your colleagues from the bottom up.”

She then went on to credit Lord Sugar for his “support and encouragement” over the years.

The Baroness, who is the former managing director of Birmingham City F.C. and current vice-chairman of West Ham United F.C, joined The Apprentice as Lord Sugar’s full-time assistant in 2009.

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“I can only imagine how Holly and Phil must be feeling right now if their friendship is having a wobble, with their every move scrutinised on live TV each day,” the businesswoman said.

“What is tricky is that they are sold as a package (they are the Ant and Dec of daytime TV) and as friends. Who really knows what is going on between them?

“But having to pretend to be friends on air in front of millions of people would be emotionally exhausting.”

Karren’s column comes not long after Phillip released a long statement in response to a previous report that he and Holly are “not as close as they once were” behind the scenes.

The ITV star insisted that while “things have not been easy” for the pair in recent times, he still considers her “my rock”.

However, Holly has yet to comment on the reports of the “rift” between them – and inside sources have claimed that Phillip has been left feeling “betrayed” by her silence.

Express.co.uk contacted Holly and Phil’s representatives, as well as ITV, for comment at the time.

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