Amanda Holden offered to return to the Britain's Got Talent judging panel for the London auditions but was turned down by bosses, The Sun claims.
The 40-year-old actress was apparently ready to make her comeback today, only a fortnight after she spent three days in intensive care due to extreme blood loss from the birth of her daughter Hollie Rose.
However, show producers rejected her proposal and decided to draft in a temporary replacement, American actress Carmen Electra - who has been booed and jeered by the audience during filming.
A source told the newspaper: "Simon was refusing, saying that Carmen must stay. But she has gone down like a lead balloon with fans."
Amanda will now rejoin the show this weekend for the Edinburgh auditions, with doctors expected to give her the all-clear to do so today.