Carol Vorderman's 'love' for Richard Whiteley

Carol Vorderman is the latest celebrity to sit and chat with Piers Morgan on ITV1 Credit: Reuters

Carol Vorderman breaks down in tears on TV tonight as she recalls the death of old friend and Countdown colleague Richard Whiteley.

She said she loved the Channel 4 show's presenter, who died in 2005 after they worked together for more than two decades, in "a genuine, pure" way.Vorderman, 51, tells Piers Morgan's Life Stories on ITV1: "It still hurts very much. I loved him, I really loved him."

She and Whiteley first worked together on the words and numbers programme which gave her a TV break in November 1982 when the show launched. They continued to work together until he died, following heart surgery.

Maths whiz Vorderman continued on Countdown for a further three years but left when she and Channel 4 failed to agree terms on a new contract.But in tonight's show, Loose Women host Vorderman said she would be happy to make an appearance on the show in the future.Vorderman also suggested her career success was responsible for the demise of her second marriage to Patrick King.

Morgan asked: "If you hadn't seen your career explode at the time that it did, do you think would have split up?"She said: "Probably not. I think it did have an influence, yes. Probably we would be together."

Piers Morgan's Life Stories: Carol Vorderman is on ITV1 at 9pm.