Denise Van Outen has denied claims that The Big Breakfast is returning as she appeared on today’s Good Morning Britain.
There had been mounting speculation that the Channel 4 breakfast show could be making a comeback after the presenter reunited with her former co-star Johnny Vaughan over lockdown.
However, Denise shut down all rumours as she spoke to Alastair Campbell and Susanna Reid.
‘It is just that, it’s a rumour,’ she said. ‘I think this has come from me reconnecting with Johnny over the last year – we’ve been doing a lot of chatting.
‘We never really had a major fall out, our careers went on different paths, we’ve reconnected.
‘I’ve got a lot of love for Johnny, always have and we’ve got a very similar humour.’
Denise added: ‘Lockdown did a lot of things for a lot of friendships and people reconnecting and some people, their relationship went to dust.
Denise used to host The Big Breakfast with Johnny Vaughan (Picture: Rex)
‘We were that lucky partnership that got back in touch. I would love to work with him again, we both said we’d like to do something… we have started conversations.’
Denise found fame on The Big Breakfast in 1997 and fans had loved her onscreen chemistry with fellow presenter Johnny, but the two fell out of contact for 20 years.
TV star Denise left the show in 2000 following a pay dispute after finding out that Johnny was earning more than her for doing the same job, following contract negotiations.
Denise said the show isn’t coming back (Picture: Rex)
In 2017, Denise opened up about the issue, and during an appearance on Loose Women explained: ‘I had a big fallout with Johnny Vaughan when we worked on The Big Breakfast and at that time we were like brother and sister. We were best friends, unbreakable.
‘The whole relationship fell apart when we started to renegotiate our contracts because I always felt we worked together as a team and that’s how it should be. We created it together.’
The Big Breakfast eventually ended in 2002, with stars including Richard Bacon and Donna Air taking over the hosting roles in the final three years.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.
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