“But I know that the day I decided to leave – and I’m not going to get into this now – something happened that morning and I thought, ‘I’m done’ and ITV went, ‘Thanks very much. Goodbye’.”
Fern fronted a campaign in 2008 after she lost five stone in weight which people believed to be down to healthy eating and an exercise regime, but it was later revealed she had a gastric band fitted two years prior.
It was also previously claimed the presenter’s exit was to do with pay but Fern dismissed the notion.
Speaking about what she was paid compared to Phillip, she went on: “That got into a story and it was not to do with that.
“I didn’t know what Phillip was earning. But I knew that I was earning plenty for me and you have to know what is enough for yourself.”