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Fern Britton calls out unfair treatment during This Morning employment

The former ITV presenter has broken her silence

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Rachel Avery
Homes Editor
February 25, 2022
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Former This Morning presenter Fern Britton has claimed she was told "if you don't come then there's no job for you" ahead of giving birth to her child when she was employed by ITV. 

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Fern made the shock confession on Kate Thornton's White Wine Question Time podcast. She revealed: "It was when Richard and Judy had left, I was pregnant, she [Winnie] was due in September and the show went off air as it used to for the summer and then my boss said 'well you've got to come back'."

WATCH: Fern Britton recalls the break down of her marriage to Phil Vickery

When Fern explained that she quite simply couldn't come back straight after giving birth, she was met with the comment: "If you don't come then there's no job for you."

While the presenter didn't disclose who made the remarks, she did say that they were male bosses.

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Fern used to work on This Morning

As it transpired, Fern was asked back on her own terms and so she took her daughter with her to work every day so that she could feed at the studio.

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We'd like to think that times have now changed and this type of discrimination would no longer happen to new mothers, but it's thanks to people like Fern that the issues are highlighted.

The star is mother to twin sons Harry and Jack, 26, and daughter Grace, 23, from her first marriage to Clive Jones. Winnie was welcomed with her second husband, celebrity chef Phil Vickery.

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The star now lives in Cornwall 

Fern and Phil were married in the spring of 2000 and split in 2020, much to the shock of This Morning fans.

When the couple separated, Phil stayed in the marital home in Buckinghamshire while Fern moved 270 miles away to the coast, staying at their former holiday home. Fern resides with her daughters, Grace and Winnie, and fans have been lucky enough to see inside her idyllic home thanks to television appearances and social media posts.

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