Jonathan Ross admitted the judges on The Masked Dancer have thrown each other "under the bus" when it comes to hazarding guesses on the show.
The talk show host, 60, is one of four judges alongside comedian Mo Gilligan, professional dancer Oti Mabuse, and fitness whizz Davina McCall.
They will be joined by three surprise guest judges in the competition – This Morning host Holly Willoughby, comic John Bishop, and Britain's Got Talent star David Walliams.
Jonathan has worked alongside Davina and Mo in the past on The Masked Singer, working out celebs' identities as they perform before the studio audience.
While the judges have been polite towards each other in the past, this time, Jonathan claimed, they have come up fighting.
During the press launch of the new series, which kicks off this Saturday, Mo and Davina reflected on their supportive friendship on the show.
Jonathan was quick to weigh in, wondering: "Mo do you think we're throwing each other under the bus more this series? Because I sense we're beginning to be less supportive of each other."
Host Joel Dommett agreed with Jonathan, admitted he'd noticed a change in dynamic when he was presenting each episode.
He remarked: "Yeah there's definitely a lot less of, 'oh yeah, that's a really good guess'."
Mo then gestured to Jonathan and Strictly Come Dancing star Oti, and exclaimed: "You two are playing your own show!"
Oti and Jonathan went on to explain they had been giving each other helpful hints throughout the competition, as they were determined to guess correctly.
"We're in it to win it. We're on fire at our end of the table. We don't collaborate," Jonathan said.
"But we do occasionally… we'll share a clue. I'll go, 'that must mean something!' Oti will notice something I didn't and she'll say, 'look at that thing down there on the stage, did you see that word?'
"So we'll help each other, but that's where it ends."
He finished: "Soon as we've got that I say, 'alright, thanks Oti!' We want to do well."
This is the first-ever edition of Masked Dancer UK, with 12 famous faces hiding behind elaborate costumes, winning the public over with their dance moves.
The judges have confessed the show has far more clues compared to The Masked Singer, which received record ratings over the winter break.
Giving fans a sense of the intrigue to come, Mo explained: "With this, there are clues everywhere. There are clues on the stage, there are clues in the songs, what they say, in the song titles, and then you get the clue packages.
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"So half the time I sit there and I'm just like, 'I'm going to do my shopping list for the week, because I have no clue, it's that hard'. But also it's good so you can get up and really have a dance."
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The Masked Dancer, from Saturday 29 th May at 7pm on ITV and the ITV Hub.
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