This Morning presenter Alison Hammond has revealed that she secretly pretends to have beef with her co-host Dermot O’Leary just to wind viewers up.
Hosting the Friday show alongside the former X Factor presenter, the duo have been plagued by rumours that they struggle to get along behind the scenes.
Speaking on the Saving Grace podcast, Alison addressed the rumours, saying she thinks it’s “hilarious” that there are people saying they have “beef”.
The 47-year-old 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.
“Honestly I can’t tell you how much I love that man, he’s so funny.”
Earlier this year ITV were forced to respond to claims that the two didn’t get along after a source told The Daily Mail they didn’t get along and there was a lot of tension between them on and off screen.
The source had told MailOnline: “They came from very different backgrounds.
“Dermot has been a big star for many years and has presented some big shows, while Alison has always wanted a less high-profile career and has far less experience.
“They are impatient with one another, mainly because they do things so differently. It has led to on-set bickering and awkward tensions off-air.”
In a statement, a spokesperson said: “Alison and Dermot have developed a firm friendship and their chemistry has proved a ratings success. Since the pandemic ended, the pair are able to enjoy socialising together post the show.