Fern: I never watch This Morning
Fern Britton has revealed that she never watches This Morning - not even when her husband is on it.
The presenter stood down from the ITV1 show in 2009, and was replaced by Holly Willoughby, and she hasn't looked back since, not even to watch her chef husband Phil Vickery.
"I find the day isn't built for me to do that," she said.
"I'm writing or I'm doing the shopping or tidying up children's bedrooms, you know, something else. Even when my darling Phil's cooking, I don't watch, which is dreadful."
Fern announced live on air she was leaving. "I loved it with all my heart and it took me two years to make that decision but then I was absolutely ready and I haven't looked back," she said.
Fern is about to publish her second novel Hidden Treasures and, though she's read excerpts to her husband, she knows he's never going to read it from front to back.
"It's not his kind of thing. He prefers Farmers' Weekly, Tractors Monthly and Pig Farmer Daily," she said.
But he is supportive. "Totally. Like last year I said to him, 'I really think I must go away to Cornwall on my own to write because I can't concentrate'. He went, 'Go, go, go' and it was a very productive week," she added.
:: Hidden Treasures by Fern Britton is published by Harper Collins, available now.