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TV not a job for life says Britton

Fern Britton says presenters should accept that they may be dumped from programmes for being too old - and they are not in a job for life.

The former This Morning star - soon to launch an afternoon Channel 4 show - said there is a "natural end" to screen careers, like those faced by sports stars.

Her comments come in the wake of Miriam O'Reilly's "ageism" tribunal win against the BBC earlier this year after she was dropped from Countryfile.

And last month former newsreader Anna Ford voiced criticism about how older male presenters are still on screen, while older women are not.

But Fern - who has just published her first novel, New Beginnings - said: "Sometimes there's a natural end to anyone's career, male or female, and you have to be very gracious when you accept it's coming because we are all freelancers, we are not in a job for life.

"Sportsmen don't moan and groan that they are thrown out of their clubs when they reach 32. It's the reality."

Fern said she refuses to have any treatments to make her look more youthful to lengthen her stint on screen.

The presenter - who famously had a gastric band fitted to help her lose weight - said: "I know we should all be going on until we're 106 but I'm not going to be having any Botox or fillers or a facelift because I have the face I should have for the age I am."

She continued: "If you've got the ability you will always be there. Angela (Rippon) is still working. Gloria Hunniford is still working. Moira Stewart is fantastic."

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