Amanda Holden has emphatically denied that Britain’s Got Talent exploited contestant Susan Boyle, blaming the press for ‘stressing her out’.

Appearing on CNN’s Larry King Live, the TV judge said the Scottish singer was upset by ‘exaggerated stories’ and ‘falsehoods’ written about her.

According to Amanda, the 48-year-old from West Lothian – who checked into the Priory clinic after what her brother described as an anxiety attack – expects to return home “within a matter of days”.

Police were called to Susan’s hotel over the weekend after she began acting strangely. She was taken to the Priory in north London on Sunday.

In the space of eight weeks, Susan has gone from the quiet life of a church volunteer in a small town in Scotland to global fame. But she was beaten into second place by Essex dance outfit Diversity.

Her post-final health concerns have led to questions over the standard of care provided by programme makers.

But Amanda denied that Britain’s Got Talent was to blame in any way.

She told Larry King: “We are a very loyal show, we love Susan very much.

“All the contestants that appear on the show are extraordinarily well looked after. She is getting the best support she could possibly be getting at the moment.”