Craig Doyle has hailed Holly Willoughby as one of the "best" people he has ever worked with.

Craig Doyle was surprised to be asked to join This Morning

Craig Doyle was surprised to be asked to join This Morning

The 52-year-old presenter is one of a handful of hosts to have taken over from Phillip Schofield on the ITV1 daytime show as he joined regular star Holly, 42, on a rotational basis and has now claimed that Phil's former co-host is one of the "greatest of all time" in television.

Speaking on the 'White Wine Question Time' podcast, he told former 'Loose Women' anchor Kate Thornton: "I'm really enjoying it. I've been in and out of there for about a year and then obviously what happened happened before the summer and I was able to just kind of help them out on that front.

"I probably enjoyed it more than - well, I hadn't really considered what it would be like but it's great fun and it feels like proper old-school telly. Do you know what I mean? And it's very welcoming, brilliant production team.

"I love Holly. Holly Willoughby is an absolute G.O.A.T. She's a very lovely, lovely, human being, and people need to realise that. She's unbelievable. One of the best I've ever worked with. Ever."

Craig admitted that he didn't really know Holly - who began presenting 'This Morning' in 2009 - before joining the show but described her as a "wonderful, kind" person.

He said: "I didn't know Holly beforehand. I'd never met her once or twice but I don't really mix in any circles, I had no pre-judgment. Nothing. I went in there and I only ever judge people by how they behave whilst they're in front of me. I don't care about anything else. I can spot an a******** from a distance. She is a wonderful person. A really, really kind lovely person.

Meanwhile, the former BBC Sports host admitted that it was a surprise when the call came for him to join 'This Morning' because he has often been considered "not famous enough" for various presenting gigs but finally feels as if he is in fact "enough" in showbusiness these days.

He said: "I didn't expect it. I feel like I'm on my second - if not third - lap of this business. I've had it reported back to me when gigs come up and they say 'Yeah, I like Craig, but he's just not famous enough. He's not showbiz enough, or he's not showbiz enough'.

"It's so nice to be enough. To quote Ken from 'Barbie'. It's nice to be enough. "