Gino D’Acampo defends Phillip Schofield amid Amanda Holden feud rumours

BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 18: Holly Willoughby, Gino D'Acampo and Phillip Schofield at This Morning Live held at the NEC Birmingham on May 18, 2017 in Birmingham, England.   PHOTOGRAPH BY Graham Stone / Barcroft Images  London-T:+44 207 033 1031 - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 (Photo credit should read Graham Stone / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Celebrity chef Gino D'Acampo (centre) has defended Phillip Schofield (R) in his ongoing feud with Amanda Holden (Graham Stone / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

Television personality Gino D’Acampo has defended Phillip Schofield amid ongoing reports that he’s feuding with Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden.

In an exclusive interview with the Express, the Italian chef described his This Morning co-presenter as “super professional, super friendly” and “very easy” to work with.

“Talking about Phillip Schofield is like talking about Terry Wogan,” he explained to the publication. “These iconic people, they are the masters of television.

“He’s a real a friend of mine, they’re not always just colleagues, he’s a real joy.”

“I choose to do the shows where the presenters are good, in a way in which they are good people. These are the people I want to work with.”

Read more: Holly making 'big moves to quash' Schofield and Holden row

D’Acampo concluded by saying that “life is too short” to spend your days with “nasty people.”

Rumours of animosity between Schofield, 57, and Holden, 48, began last year, when the former supposedly urged ITV producers to bring in The Saturdays’ Rochelle Humes to present alongside him - instead of Holden - while Holly Willoughby was in Australia working on I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29:  Amanda Holden attends the Pride of Britain Awards 2018 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 29, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Holden appeared to slam Schofield on Heart radio last month, when she compared him to a household pest (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Holden appeared to reignite the spat when she referred to Schofield as a household pest during her breakfast slot on Heart FM radio last month.

Read more: Simon Cowell backs Amanda Holden in Phillip Schofield feud

Numerous names have weighed in on the quarrel, with Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan voicing their support for BGT pal Holden publicly.

Just recently, a spokesperson for ITV defended Schofield, saying: "Presenter line ups on This Morning change regularly and final decisions on these line ups are made by producers and not the presenters.

“Phillip Schofield is a much loved broadcaster and part of the ITV family. He is a consummate professional and held in high regard at ITV."