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John Fleming, who used to work as a researcher on Cilla’s show ‘Surprise Surprise’, claims the pair clashed over luxury cars and dressing rooms.
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According to the ITV staffer, there was even rivalry about where each of the star’s photos were displayed at the LWT (now ITV) studios.
According to John, the photos had to be moved depending on who was in the building.
"But she was worth every penny she earned."
Over the weekend, Cilla's mate Paul O’Grady broke down in tears during his Radio 2 show as he remembered the star.
The presenter, who had been close pals with Cilla for twenty years, was forced to pause towards the end of his show after playing the star's 1966 hit ‘Alfie’, telling listeners, "that always does me in, that one - completely finishes me off."