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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield left stunned – find out what Dawn French said

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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were left in shock – and in stitches – after Dawn French came out with a corker on This Morning. The comedian was making an appearance on Wednesday's segment of the show when she spoke about her age. Dawn, 59, revealed that she is working on a piece of non-fiction that will be published around her October birthday.

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"I'm 60 this year," said an amazed Dawn. "How did that happen? Because when I was a kid, you know I used to look at people who were 60 and just think, you should just really die... because what is the point of you now?" Clearly taken aback by her comment, Phil dropped his head in his hands while Holly cracked up, shaking her head at Dawn in disbelief. The actress continued: "When I was little, that's what I used to think about people who were 60. I did – and now I'm that person! Sixty doesn't feel like anything, it feels just like I was 40 or whatever."

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"I used to look at people who were 60 and just think, you should just really die," said Dawn

Dawn revealed that her new book would be a kind of "diary" where one page is written by her, and the other is left for the reader to fill in. The Vicar of Dibley star, who also has her hands full with a one-woman show, chuckled and said: "I've got loads to say." While the actress was on This Morning to promote her new show Little Big Shots, a programme about talented youngsters, viewers were more concerned with her age.

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Viewers commented on 59-year-old Dawn's youthfulness

Several fans took to Twitter to express their surprise, and Dawn's youthfulness soon became a hot topic of conversation online. "Shut up is Dawn French almost 60!? She only looks about 40," wrote one fan, while a second commented: "@Dawn_French is 60 this year??? No way!!! Well you are looking fab!" A third posted: "Dawn French is turning 60 soon??? She's lying to me."