GINO D’Acampo has backed Phillip Schofield as the “King of TV” amid his feud with Amanda Holden.
But the Italian chef, 42, has made no secret of the fact that he regards the 57-year-old as a mentor and the best of the best on telly.
Gino said he asked Phil for advice ahead of the second series of his show Win Your Wish List on Channel 5 and told Sun Online: “I phoned Phillip Schofield as to me he is the King of television.
“He is how every presenter should present, he’s very technically prepared.
“I phoned him up and said can we go out. So I was on This Morning and we had a chat for about an hour after we finished filming.
Gino added: “He said ‘look, do whatever you can be yourself. They haven’t called you to be someone else, they called you because you do things in your way’.
“It was the best thing when he said ‘forget about what I do, forget about everyone else on television, do what you like to do, and if that works you will enjoy yourself and everyone will enjoy it around you’.”
Amanda is believed to have complained to ITV following reports Phil branded her “difficult to manage”.
What’s more, the BGT host addressed the feud on her radio show last month.
She even claimed that Phil refused to meet up with her when she extended an olive branch after her fury spilled into the public eye.
Talking to her Heart radio co-host Jamie Theakston, Amanda said: “I’ve moved on from it, Jamie, you need to move on from it.”
He replied: “You might have moved on but I just wanted to know, is there any more to the story?”
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The TV favourite explained: “I did offer to meet him for a coffee months ago, he didn’t reply to my text.
“What can I say?” she responded, before Jamie pushed: “The olive branch had been extended.”
To which she replied: “Oh, yes.”
Gino’s Win Your Wish List airs on Sunday at 8pm on Channel 5.
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