ALISON Hammond has broken her silence on the rumours of a feud with her This Morning co-star Dermot O'Leary.
The much-loved telly star is baffled why people think they don't get on, despite viewers pointing to times the former X Factor presenter has appeared to snap at her on air.
Speaking to GKBarry on the Saving Grace podcast, she said: “I can’t tell you how wrong they actually are. I love the fact that people think that. I’m gonna keep that going.
“Go ‘babes, people think we hate each other, let’s do a couple of things on the telly like stand further apart’.
“Like we’re still distancing!
“But seriously I love the fact people think we’ve got beef, it’s hilarious.
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“Honestly I can’t tell you how much I love that man, he’s so funny.”
Working alongside Dermot is a full circle moment for Alison, who has become one of Big Brother’s biggest success stories after her appearance in its third series alongside Kate Lawler – despite being the second housemate to be booted.
In his 20s, Dermot cut his teeth on the spin-off show, Big Brother’s Little Brother.
Their careers have been woven together ever since, until they formally partnered up on This Morning in January 2021 when social distancing was still in place.
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Alison continued: “I kind of liked the distancing though, cos I’m quite a rotund presenter and Dermot is so little, you couldn’t really tell that I was that big when we were separated.
“Now we’re together, it’s like gosh, look at the size of Al.
“But I’m owning it now, I’m taking up the spaces, this is it, deal with it.”
Dermot has been happily married to wife Dee Koppang since 2012, while Alison has been with her secret boyfriend for two years.
But did the close pals ever wish they had dated?
Alison cackled: “I think he wants to. I’m only joking. No, don’t be silly, he’s married.
“I think she wants a bit of me as well!
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“It’s like he’s got two wives anyway, he’s got Dee and he’s got me, he’s got a work wife, and I am like a wife.
“But honestly I can’t tell you how much I love Dermot O’Leary, he’s so funny.”
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