Gay British DJ Scott Mills says his BBC Radio 1 colleague Chris Moyles is not homophobic, despite being blasted in the past for making anti-gay jokes live on-air.
Mills, who traded his prime time commuter spot on the station with Greg James in February, says he was initially aprehensive about working with Moyles.
'I was quite scared and overwhelmed by him,' he said in an interview with Now magazine.
However, Mills added that despite his reputation he doesn't think Moyles is anti-gay.
'He can come across as homophobic, but it's because he's so not that he thinks it's okay to say some things. People can take it the wrong way,' Mills explained.
'I dreaded hosting the show before or after him because of what he was going to say. So I went in one day and said to him, "What's your problem?"
'When I confronted him he was an absolute puppy dog. It's all an act for on air. He stopped after that.'
Gay DJ Nick Grimshaw will replace Moyles on his breakfast show.
'Out of all the new people on Radio 1, Nick's my favorite,' said Mills.
'He really makes me laugh. I'll continue to fill in for him when he starts.'
Mills started as a DJ at just 16 on PowerFM in Hampshire, southern England, after bombarding them with demo tapes.
He joined Radio 1 in 1998 starting on the 4am to 7am pre-Breakfast show before eventually moving to the early evening slot.
Mills came out as gay to the press in 2001 to avoid speculation. He rarely discusses his sexuality on the show but he has been increasingly open about it in recent years, contributing to gay magazines in Britain.
When he came out he told The Guardian: ‘I'd just like to be accepted as a normal bloke who is gay and is on the radio and the television.’