Fern Britton discloses the truth behind her departure from This Morning
Fern Britton claimed that any rumors of a pay gap between her and co-host Phillip Schofield had not had any part in her decision to quit This Morning after ten years.
HELLO! Magazine interviewed Fern Britton for their February 19 edition, and she discussed her departure from This Morning nine years ago, revealing that her decision to quit had nothing to do with rumors that co-host Phillip Schofield was being paid more than she was.
Britton was a guest presenter on This Morning from 1993 until 1999, when she was offered a full-time position, presenting the Friday edition of the show alongside John Leslie.
In 2002, the two were made the main hosts of the show, and Leslie was later replaced by Schofield. On her departure, Britton was replaced by Holly Willoughby.
She revealed to HELLO! that hosting This Morning had been a dream come true, "I did ten years of it and I loved that show – I can’t tell you how much I loved it. But after ten years I just felt it was right to stop."
Britton claimed that she had no idea how much Schofield was earning, and that a pay gap had not factored in her decision to leave. "That certainly wasn’t true, not least because I had no idea what Phillip had been paid," she said. "I knew what I was being paid and it was more than fair."
She went on to add what she thought about unequal pay in the industry, "It is appalling that, if you are doing the same job as a man, you are paid less and I am absolutely all for equal pay."
She did, however, mention that she would not have been surprised or upset if indeed her co-host had been earning more than she did, saying "But at the time, even if Phillip had been paid more than me, he was doing more programmes on television."
Britton added, "It is wrong for someone else to be paid more than you are for the same job. But it’s terribly important to find out where your 'enough' is because everybody’s different and I was very happy with my 'enough.'"
Britton, meanwhile, has been exploring new avenues since she quit, and is set to play the character Marie in Calendar Girls The Musical this year.
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