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Exclusive: Johnny Vaughan on Denise Van Outen criticism: 'It must be humour'

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Johnny Vaughan has played down any suggestion of a rift between him and Denise Van Outen, arguing that she must be "taking the piss" with recent comments she made about him in the press.

Vaughan's former Big Breakfast co-host has said in a couple of recent interviews that she felt "very uncomfortable" when she was reunited with him on his Capital FM breakfast show.

Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen on The Big Breakfast

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Johnny Vaughan and Denise Van Outen on The Big Breakfast



Van Outen also accused Vaughan of turning the volume down on her microphone when she was trying to talk. "He wouldn't let me speak, would tell me when I should and shouldn't speak, and would also constantly not mention that we were joint presenters," she said.

However, Vaughan has dismissed the comments, claiming that he doesn't even have the technical know-how to fade down a microphone.

"It must be humour. There is this quote from her that I used to fade her down. She must be taking the piss, because anyone who has ever known me in radio knows that I can't operate any of the machines," Vaughan told Digital Spy.

"I couldn't even fade myself up, let alone fade her down. I don't think I've ever touched a fader. I don't know how to operate all these things."

He added: "I think it's best to ignore it. She apparently said that Andrew Lloyd Webber and I sabotaged her career. She's taking the piss, of course she is. I owe her pretty much everything and I can't possibly make a comment. I'd done one chatshow and one movie show before The Big Breakfast with Denise. It did everything for me, that show. So I think she's taking the piss.

"Plus, Andrew Lloyd Webber gave her some great gigs in the West End. I don't see how she could possibly say that I'd done any harm to her career at all. The fact that she's picked the two of us, she must be taking the piss."

Vaughan's History channel series Mud Men returns for a third series tonight (March 19) at 10pm. The presenter claimed that he was shocked to get a third series because the show had been so much fun to make.

"It's the most successful British show on History, which is quite cool. It's two geezers farting around and I thought we were really lucky to get one series," he said.

"But it's often the case, if it's fun for everyone involved that they're only the people having fun. People are sat at home thinking, 'I'm glad they're having a good time. I think it's a load of s**t'. It really rubs it in. There's nothing worse than people really enjoying doing a load of s**t."

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