Fern Britton Blames Phillip Schofield for her Leaving This Morning

Fern Britton has blamed Phillip Schofield for her This Morning exit.

The former This Morning host and Celebrity Big Brother star revealed she hasn’t spoken to her former co-star in 15 years since she quit the ITV show. In a new interview, Fern has revealed why she stepped down from the programme and reflected on whether her career would have taken a different turn if it wasn’t for their soured relationship.

Fern confirmed it was her choice to walk away from This Morning but her strained relationship with co-host Phillip was ultimately to blame for her decision to quit. Speaking to the MailOnline, Fern was asked if it was her decision to quit the ITV show.

She said: “To leave This Morning? Ultimately, yes. I loved it and I would probably still be there if… Phillip and I were not getting on very well at that stage.” Although she didn’t divulge anymore about her working relationship with Phillip directly, she did go on to hint at their feud while describing male presenters she had worked with in the past.

“Lots of the men you work with are much more fussed about their piece to camera and how many words they’ve got than they are about you,” she added. Fern quit This Morning in 2009, thanking ITV viewers for their “kindness and loyalty.”

She said: “The This Morning team are simply the best and I will miss them all very much but I am looking forward to the freedom of exploring other things I want to do, and also spend more time with my wonderful family. So, many thank yous to all our viewers who have shown me so much kindness and loyalty.”

Fern later explained that “something happened” that made her walk away from the show. Speaking on the Ray D’Arcy Show in 2020, she said: “Something happened and I thought, ‘That’s it really’ and I walked away and resigned. I was treated pretty poorly, actually. And after a while I just thought, ‘Sod it’.”

Phillip addressed the fallout in his memoir, Life’s What You Make It, and recalled an incident where the two hosts argued over the content of one of This Morning’s episodes. “I walked back into the make-up room and calmly said, ‘Please don’t do that to me again,'” he wrote.

“I think, for whatever reason, that was the point Fern decided she didn’t want to do This Morning anymore.” Phillip wrote that he was “heartbroken” that his relationship with Fern had gone “sour” and by her decision to quit the show.

Meanwhile, during Fern’s time in the Celebrity Big Brother, he hit out at Phillip, joking that she “might have to leave” if he became a late entrant on the show.

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