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

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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."

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!

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Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on stage collecting the award for Best Magazine during the 2011 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Jason Dononvan (left), who is currently playing "Joseph" in the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", hands over his "dreamcoat" to TV presenter Phillip Schofield at the London Palladium.
Phillip Schofield (left) with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber at the London Palladium. The composer was so impressed with Phillip's performance in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat that he offered him the full-time role from May when Jason Donovan's contract runs out.
TV Presenters phillip schofield and Anthea Turner with The Medieval Babes during a photocall in London today (Sunday) to launch, Happy New Year Live from Edinburgh's Hogmanay, Scottish Television's turn of the year programme. The show will be presented by Schofield and Turner and will feature a range of events from Edinburgh's Hogmanay, the UK's biggest street party. Headline band Texas will play live to a TV audience for the first time and will be supported by a range of nusical acts including The Medieval Babes, Space and the Saw Doctors. Photo by Peter Jordan/PA.
Phillip Schofield, star of the forthcoming show 'Dr Dolittle', stands surrounded by young hopefuls outside the Hammersmith Apollo in west London today (Tuesday) where auditions are being held for the child's role of 'Tommy Stubbins' in the muscial which opens this July. Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA
PA NEWS PHOTO 9/7/98 THE MYTHICAL CREATURE 'PUSHMI-PULLYU' ON STAGE WITH PHILLIP SCHOFIELD, WHO PLAYS THE TITLE ROLE IN THE NEW PRODUCTION OF THE CLASSIC STORY 'DR DOLITTLE', SHOWING AT THE APOLLO THEATRE IN LONDON.
PA NEWS PHOTO 25/11/98 PHILLIP SCHOFIELD WITH CHI CHI THE MONKEY AND BABY PUSHMU PULLYU (FROM DOCTOR DOLITTLE), AT LONDON'S HAMMERSMITH APPOLLO WHERE THE TUBEROUS SCLEROSIS ASSOCIATION LAUNCHED ITS 21ST ANNIVERSARY 5 MILLION CHARITY APPEAL.
TV presenter Phillip Schofield arrives with his wife Stephanie, and children Ruby (right) and Molly for the celebrity film premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at the Odeon Leicester Square in London's West End.
This Morning presenters Phillip Schofield and Fern Brittain arrive for the TV Quick awards at the Dorchester Hotel, in London.
This Morning presenters Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton arrive for the Britsh Soap Awards at BBC TV Centre in west London. Hosted by Paul O'Grady, the show will be broadcast on ITV1.
Phillip Schofield (left) and Holly Willoughby arrive for the British Academy Television Awards, held at the London Palladium, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday 20 May 2007. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Phillip Schofield and family arrive for the premiere of 'Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience' at the Empire cinema in Leicester Square, London.
Phillip Schofield with the Entertainment Programme award received for The Cube at the Philips British Academy Television Awards at the Grosvenor House, 90 Park Lane, London.
The Duchess of Cornwall meets Phillip Schofield during a reception for members of the media at Buckingham Palace, London.
Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield, Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford backstage at The National Television Awards 2013, The O2 Arena, Greenwich, London.
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby filming at This Morning's original Liverpool dock location celebrating the show's silver anniversary.
Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby and the cast and crew of This Morning collect the best daytime award on stage during the 2014 National Television Awards at the O2 Arena, London.
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby backstage at the National Television Awards 2014, O2 Arena, Greenwich, London.
TV OUT. INTERNET OUT. No cropping permitted. Picture must be credited to ITV. We are advised that videograbs should not be used more than 48 hours after the time of original transmission, without the consent of the copyright holder. Video grab taken from ITV of This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby crying as she and her co-host Phillip Schofield spoke to Amy, an inspirational teenager, who was at Wellington school in Ayr.
Embargoed to 0001 Wednesday April 20 Phillip Schofield models his old technicolour dreamcoat at the Music Rooms in New Cross Gate, London, as he prepares to revive the role for a special short run tour.
Queen Elizabeth II greets Phillip Schofield at a reception for the Queen's Young Leaders Awards at Buckingham Palace in London.
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield with the award for best Live Magazine Show in the press room at the National Television Awards 2017 held at the O2, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
The Prince of Wales (right) with Phillip Schofield and Emilia Fox as they attend the Prince's Trust Celebrate Success Awards at the London Palladium.
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby present the trophy for The King Edwards VII Stakes during day four of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse.
(left to right) Ashley Banjo, Jason Gardiner, Phillip Schofield, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean attending the Dancing on Ice Photocall held at the Natural History Museum, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield with their best daytime award for This Morning at the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London.
This Morning presenters (back row left to right) Gok Wan, Lisa Snowdon, (front row left to right) Bryony Blake, Rylan Clark-Neal, Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield and Alison Hammond during a photocall at the ITV Studios, Southbank, London.
Phillip Schofield attending the 14th BGC Annual Charity Day at Canary Wharf in London, in commemoration of BGC's 658 colleagues and the 61 Eurobrokers employees lost on 9/11.
(Left to right) Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Judy Finnigan and Richard Madeley arriving for a Bafta tribute event to This Morning, at Bafta in Piccadilly, London.
Holly Willoughby (left to right), Phillip Schofield, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean (right) during the press launch for the upcoming series of Dancing On Ice at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink in London. Picture date: Tuesday December 18, 2018. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire
Phillip Schofield (left) and Holly Willoughby with the award for best Daytime Show in the Press Room at the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
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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.

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."

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Amanda Holden, Declan Donnelly and Alesha Dixon, with the BAFTA for Entertainment Programmes for BGT, at the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
Amanda Holden attending the Britain's Got Talent photocall at The London Palladium.
Amanda Holden with Team Tommy's during the 2019 London Landmarks Half Marathon.
Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon attending the Britain's Got Talent photocall at The London Palladium.
Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon, Anthony McPartlin, David Walliams, Declan Donnelly and Simon Cowell attending the Britain's Got Talent photocall at The London Palladium.
Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Anthony McPartlin attending the Britain's Got Talent photocall at The London Palladium
Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon attending the Britain's Got Talent photocall at The London Palladium
Amanda Holden attending the 9th Annual Global Gift Gala held at the Rosewood Hotel, London. Picture date: Friday November 2nd 2018. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Amanda Holden during the Pride Of Britain Awards 2018, in partnership with TSB, honouring the nation's unsung heroes and recognising the amazing achievements of ordinary people, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London
Amanda Holden attends ITV Palooza! held at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London.
Amanda Holden and Rob Rinder attending the ITV Palooza held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
Amanda Holden with Tokio Myers winner of the Ppl Classic Brits Breakthrough award at the Classic Brit Awards 2018, Royal Albert Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION. Picture date: Wednesday June 13, 2018. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes/PA Wire
Amanda Holden attending the Animal Hero Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.
David Walliams and Amanda Holden wave to fans from a balcony at the Hammersmith Apollo, London, ahead of the final of Britain's Got Talent.
Amanda Holden and daughter Alexa attending the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
Amanda Holden and her daughter Alexa attending the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
Amanda Holden and daughter Alexa attending the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
(from left) Anthony McPartlin, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden, Simon Cowell, Declan Donnelly and David Walliams attend the auditions for Britain's Got Talent at The Lowry in Salford.
(l-r) Judges Amanda Holden, Anthony McPartlin, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Declan Donnelly and Simon Cowell arriving at the filming of Britain's Got Talent, at the Palladium Theatre, London
Ant McPartlin, Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden arriving at the Britains Got Talent London Auditions held at The London Palladium
Judges Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon attending the Britain's Got Talent auditions at the Blackpool Opera House, Blackpool. Picture date: Tuesday January 16th, 2018. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Amanda Holden attending the Pride of Britain Awards 2017 held at Grosvenor House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Amanda Holden pictured backstage at the Attitude Awards, where she won won the Honorary Gay award, at the Roundhouse in North London. Picture date: Thursday October 12th, 2017. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Amanda Holden and daughter Alexa during the Julien Mcdonald Front Row London Fashion Week SS18 show held at No 1 Invicta Plaza London. Picture date: Monday 18 September. Picture credit should read: Doug Peters/Empics Entertainment
Amanda Holden attending the 2017 Britain's Got Talent launch at The Mayfair Hotel, Stratton Street, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday 12 April 2017. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Amanda Holden attending the Animal Hero Awards held at Grosvenor House Hotel, London. Picture credit should read: Doug Peters/Empics Entertainment
Amanda Holden attending the Olivier Awards 2017, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Picture date: Sunday April 9th, 2017. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment
Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon(left) attending the judges auditions for Britain's Got Talent at The Lowry Manchester.
Amanda Holden attending the auditions for Britain's Got Talent at the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre.
The Duchess of Cornwall, with Amanda Holden (right) and her daughter Alexa Hughes, watches her dog Beth compete an agility course during her visit to the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home's centre in Old Windsor.
(left-right) David Walliams, Anthony McPartlin, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and Declan Donnelly attending the Britain's Got Talent Photocall at the London Palladium.
Amanda Holden at The Big Feastival, Kingham. Picture date: Saturday August 27, 2016. Photo credit should read: Alan D West/ EMPICS Entertainment
Amanda Holden attending the House of Fraser BAFTA TV Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London.. Photo Credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Amanda Holden at the Britain's Got Talent 2016 launch held at the Regent Street Cinema, London
Amanda Holden (right) and Alesha Dixon attending the auditions for Britain's Got Talent at the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 4, 2016. See PA story SHOWBIZ BGT. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
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