19/11/2016 12:22 GMT | Updated 19/11/2016 13:20 GMT

Phillip Schofield Lays Into Katie Hopkins, Branding Her 'Nasty, Wicked And Cruel'

The controversial columist used to be a regular on 'This Morning'.

Phillip Schofield has launched an attack on Katie Hopkins, branding her “nasty, wicked and cruel”.

The pair have a chequered history, after it was claimed Katie had been banned from ‘This Morning’ due to her increasingly controversial opinions. 

She had reguarly appeared as a guest on the ITV daytime show to debate topical issues, famously clashing with Phillip’s co-host Holly Willoughby in a row about children’s names.

Phillip Schofield and Katie Hopkins

Speaking to former BBC journalist-turned ‘Big Brother’ contestant, Andy West, Phillip stuck the knife into Katie, revealing she had become “too mean” for ‘This Morning’.

”To start with [Hopkins] was terrific and very funny. But then she stopped being funny and just became nasty and wicked and cruel and then we didn’t have her any more,” he said. 

“Her sharp edges started to severely cut people. Then we had a discussion [as a team] and said is this as funny as it was - the stuff about kids’ names was really funny.

“A lot of things were being said that Katie knew that other people were thinking but didn’t have the guts to say, and that was great!

“But then it got mean and that’s not for us. And it wasn’t the case of saying she was banned - there was no anger after the items. But for her to say what she says and the ways that she says it and to put her head above the parapet in that way, you’ve got to have a thick skin.”

Katie Hopkins used to be a regular guest on 'This Morning'

Phillip added while Katie “speaks her mind whether you agree or disagree”, he revealed he “increasingly disagreed vehemently with what she had to say”.

A fundraising campaign to pay for Katie’s ticket to move to America in the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory was recently launched, as she’d previously claimed she would take up residence in the US if he won.

However, she later insisted she wouldn’t be going anywhere, claiming: “I think people here in the UK still need me.”

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