Nicola Sturgeon is believed to be at the centre of what sparked the sacking of Eamonn Holmes from This Morning.
The First Minister wanted to present the TV legend, and his wife, Ruth Langsford, with a Scottish Christmas tree decoration.
Sturgeon suggested the idea before she appeared on the ITV show on December 6, in the run-up to last year’s general election.
The show’s showbiz chief, Martin Frizell, proposed the TV couple presented the FM with a This Morning-themed Christmas bauble in return.
It’s alleged that a fuming Holmes objected.
The 60-year-old apparently said that it broke strict impartiality rules for broadcasters in the weeks before an election.
Holmes’ refute left Frizzel fizzing, with show insiders claiming the pair’s relationship was ‘never quite the same’.
A source told the Mail On Sunday : “Martin exploded, saying he was the editor and he decided what happened on the show. He then refused to go to Eamonn’s dressing room for the pre-show meeting with the presenters.
“The producer was having to run back and forth between the news room and the dressing room to convey Eamonn’s fury to Martin and Martin’s fury to Eamonn.”
Meanwhile an insider on This Morning last night said: “What is one person’s argument might be another person’s debate.”
It comes as Holmes and Langsford, both 60, are said to be “furious and upset” about their This Morning axe.
Under the shake up, the pair won’t host the show on Fridays any more, but they will still host it for six weeks in the summer.
An insider said: “ITV has been open about wanting to diversify and make the show ‘less white’ but they haven’t tried to find anything else for them.
They will be replaced by former Big Brother contestant Alison Hammond and X Factor host Dermot O’Leary.