Lisa Armstrong was axed from Britain’s Got Talent because bosses grew tired of her ‘attention seeking’ on social media over her split from Ant McPartlin.
Over the weekend the Mirror Online revealed that Lisa had been removed from her position as senior make-up artist after 12 years at the helm.
As news of her departure broke, Lisa took to Twitter to vent her frustration with bosses who reportedly claimed it was ‘untenable’ for her to continue working alongside her ex.
And according to show insiders, Lisa’s ‘repeated attempts to get media attention’ is the reason behind her axing.
A source said: “Lisa was taken off Britain’s Got Talent because bosses have seen the way she constantly courts attention on social media.
Lisa worked as a make up artist on the show for 12 years
Ant’s set to make a TV return next year – but Lisa won’t be there
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- Lisa Armstrong’s FURY after she was axed from Britain’s Got Talent
"They don’t want someone working on the show who behaves in this manner. Hair and make-up artists on the show need to be behind the scenes, but Lisa constantly tries to keep herself in the spotlight by using social media to get publicity," they told The Sun.
Lisa and Ant were married for 11 years before their split was announced by a spokesperson in January this year.
They officially divorced last month with Ant embarking on a new relationship with former PA Anne-Marie Corbett.
Ant and Lisa were set for an awkward reunion on next year’s Britain’s Got Talent where they have worked alongside each other in the past.
Ant and Lisa were married for 11 years
Ant, 43, is set to return to work when BGT starts filming next month, having taken a year off following his booze and prescription drug addiction, and a drink-driving car crash in March.
A show insider said they wanted to ensure his return to TV “goes smoothly with no unnecessary distractions.
The source added: “Although everyone is very fond of Lisa, it was clearly untenable to carry on working together.
“Ant and Dec are two of the most senior people on the show, sometimes these tough decisions have to be made."
Ant is set to join Dec on Britain’s Got Talent in 2019
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Following news of her departure, Lisa went on a social media rampage to like and retweet messages of support from fans about her shock departure.
First Lisa re-shared one post that read: "Just saw you have been taken off BGT , I’m sorry to hear this if it’s true Lisa , it seems you are still getting punished for something you had no control over . You are amazing and so good to your followers with advice etc so carry on and sod em!"
Another fan told Lisa her axing from the show was ‘bloody ridiculous’ Why should [you] be punished?" they asked.
"Exactly hun x" Lisa responded.
Lisa, 42, then liked another post that brought up her ex-husband’s brush with the law.
"Poor lisaAmakeup, so she loses her job on BGT because Ant is obviously returning to work, but he is the one who got caught drink driving and cheated on her. Awful decision," said one Twitter user, to Lisa’s approval.
She also liked a slightly more hopeful post that read: "Hi – just read you’re being ‘axed’ from the next series of BGT. You’re very highly thought of in your field, and no doubt, you’ll get new offers to work on many other shows! :)"