Phillip Schofield has claimed that Fern Britton got just as much money for appearing on ITV – despite rumours the two were feuding over salaries.

Reports of the rift suggested that Phil received three times more than Fern when they hosted the show All Star Mr and Mrs.

But he has spoken in The Sun claiming they were paid the same.

He said: “We have different contracts. Mine plays out for two years so it looks a bit strange. She has a different agreement.

“We were paid the same in a way, but the figures look distorted because of my deal.”

He also denied rumours that Fern was leaving This Morning because she was ‘unloved’ by her TV bosses.

Phil added: “We have a ball on the show and it’s made it easier for me to cope with her not being on This Morning as I still get to see her.”

Talking about his new co-host Holly Willoughby, he explained: “In my mind it was only ever her. It was a no-brainer.”

Phil and Holly’s debut together is on Monday, September 14.