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Johnny won't talk to me, says Van Outen

Actress Denise Van Outen has disclosed that she and her former co-host Johnny Vaughan -- one of TV's best-loved duos -- are no longer on speaking terms.

She said they have had no contact for more than two and a half years, since they last hosted a show together.

Van Outen claimed she had heard nothing from her former Big Breakfast pal when she married and gave birth.

The two were close friends when they fronted the Channel 4 morning show which kick-started both their careers.

They later teamed up temporarily to host the Capital Radio breakfast show together, which Vaughan now hosts with another sidekick Lisa Snowdon.

But during an interview on Radio 5 Live today, Van Outen said they have not spoken since she left.

She said: "I haven't seen Johnny for a while, since I left the breakfast show, and I haven't heard from him.


"At that time it was quite a difficult situation -- as much as I love Johnny, it wasn't a comfortable environment to be in.

"I think he wasn't happy that I joined in the first place -- he made it quite clear."

Asked by presenter Richard Bacon whether the situation hurt, she said: "Yes it does -- it's a shame because we were really good friends."

Van Outen has married musical star Lee Mead and given birth to their daughter Betsy since leaving her six-month stint at Capital.

"I did try to speak to him after I left but he sort of blocked me," she claimed.

Van Outen said that "in his defence", Vaughan had been used to hosting the programme alone and found it difficult to deal with a new presenter.

She was hopeful that they would resolve their differences.

"Things happen and change and you never know one day it will hopefully sort itself out," she said.