After leaving the show, Fern was replaced by Holly Willoughby.
The host admitted he couldn’t have come out as gay on This Morning if it wasn’t for his best friend and co-star by his side.
“[Holly was] absolutely vital, couldn’t have done it with anyone else, I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to be sat beside me,” he divulged.
“We had a big lead up, Holly was one of the first people I told when I knew what I had to do, she is such a wise person.
“She has got such a calm sensitive aura to her, at home everyone was saying, ’It’ll be fine’ and Holly was saying at work, ‘It’ll be fine’, she was the only one that knew at that time at work.”