19/02/2018 08:03 GMT

Fern Britton Denies 'This Morning' Exit Was Over Phillip Schofield Pay Row

She's put an end to the speculation once and for all.

Fern Britton has put the rumours to bed about her departure from ‘This Morning’, dismissing claims she left the ITV show over a row about pay.

After 10 years, Fern announced in 2009 that she was bidding farewell to the ‘This Morning’ sofa, with much media speculation she left after discovering that her co-host Phillip Schofield was earning more than her for the same job.

However, opening up to Hello! magazine, she has insisted that this is not the case. 

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Fern at the Costa Book Awards last month

When Fern stepped down from ‘This Morning’, she was replaced by Holly Willoughby, who at the time had won praise for her presenting stint on ‘Dancing On Ice’, alongside Phillip Schofield. 

The two have presented the daytime show for almost a decade now, and earlier this year, returned to ‘Dancing On Ice’ to present a rebooted series.

In 2017, Fern was seen presenting the Gordon Ramsay cooking show ‘Culinary Genius’, and she’s set to tour the UK in a new musical production based on ‘Calendar Girls’ later this year.

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