26/09/2013 11:51 BST | Updated 26/09/2013 11:51 BST

Fern Britton Denies 'This Morning' 25th Anniversary Snub As Phillip Schofield Says He'd 'Love' Her To Take Part

Fern Britton has taken to Twitter to deny she's been snubbed by 'This Morning' bosses as the show prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary on the box - the day after Phillip Schofield said he'd 'love' her to take part.

Yesterday it was reported that Fern - who presented the ITV daytime show between 2002 and 2009 with Phillip - had not been invited back because of a rift with her former co-host.

Fern Britton

But Fern has hit back at the rumours on Twitter, stating that she simply isn't available.

"Please don't believe what you read in the papers re This Mornings 25 years," she tweeted. "I can't be there in person due to work but I'll be there on vid!"

And despite admitting that he is no longer in touch with Fern, Phillip also took to Twitter to state that he would love to see her taking part in the anniversary show.

He tweeted: "For the record, I would dearly love Fern to be part of our anniversary celebrations. Don't believe everything you read."

Earlier this year, Phil - who presents the ITV show with Holly Willoughby - hinting of a rift with his former co-presenter.

Asked during an interview with Heat magazine if they still speak, he said: "No, not really. We were involved in the show and mates at the time, but we don't really...

"I see Phil [Fern's husband, chef Phil Vickery] when he's in 'This Morning'... But we're not in touch now."

Phil with Fern on her last show in July 2009

Fern was said to be livid when she discovered Phil was being paid three times her £15,000-a-show salary for their show 'All Star Mr & Mrs'.

And she chose her words about Phillip very carefully during an interview with the Daily Mail in May.

"I always say Phillip and I had an indefinable chemistry which seemed to work well on-screen. We 'got' each other. We enjoyed a laugh. And viewers seemed to warm to that," she said.

"But, like Morecambe and Wise, we chose not to live in each other’s pockets. We were a great professional partnership but we never went on holiday together," she said.

"I never discussed with Phillip what he and I were earning. I was happy doing the show and happy with my salary."

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