Celebrity Juice star Fearne Cotton thought her TV career had an ‘expiry date’

‘I was like, I don’t know if this is working for me anymore,’ she shared (Picture: Derek Bremner)

Fearne Cotton has opened up about her decision to move away from TV and focus on podcasting and writing, while also addressing the possibility of a Celebrity Juice reunion in future.

On Sunday evening, Fearne attended the Festifeel event for CoppaFeel!, the breast cancer charity that urges people to regularly check their breasts for any signs of abnormality to ensure cancer can be detected as quickly as possible.

The broadcaster, who’s a patron of the organisation, spoke to event sponsor Metro.co.uk on the night, which was filled with music, comedy, glitter and celebrations, stressing the importance of the work CoppaFeel! does while also opening up about her career.

The author, who’s hosted her podcast Happy Place since 2018, was asked what her favourite career venture currently is, explaining that it’s ‘either podcasting or writing certainly’.

Having appeared on Keith Lemon’s Celebrity Juice from 2008 to 2018, she said: ‘I think for me, doing TV, certainly there was an expiry date, and I was like, I don’t know if this is working for me anymore,’ outlining how when she worked in TV, she felt as though she had ‘less control over what you’re putting out there’.

‘I just want a more peaceful life, one where I can control what I’m doing, control the content that feels very authentic,’ said Fearne, 41.

Celebrity Juice with Holly Willoughby, Keith Lemon, Gino D'Acampo and Fearne Cotton

Could Celebrity Juice make a comeback? (Picture: Talkback/ITV)

‘It’s really what I want to be creating and I can certainly do that with writing because that’s just a lovely intimate and very private endeavour, that then eventually ends up not being so private. But it feels very personal. And that’s how I like to work these days I guess.’

Outlining how much of a ‘homebody’ she is, Fearne added: ‘I’m very happy with where I’m at with work at the moment, happiest I’ve ever been with what I’m doing at work.’

With that in mind, could Fearne see herself ever returning to comedy panel show Celebrity Juice for a reunion with comedian Leigh Francis (whose alter ego is Keith Lemon) and Holly Willoughby?

Fearne felt her TV career had an ‘expiry date’ (Picture: Derek Bremner)

‘I don’t know, I mean who knows?’ she speculated.

‘It’d be way too soon to do it now. But maybe when I’m like 50 or older, I don’t know – it might feel like a fun thing to do.’

Dubbing Leigh a ‘genius’ and a ‘great friend’, Fearner recalled how much ‘fun’ and ‘laughter’ they shared on the show.

‘Maybe that would happen one day, I don’t know. God knows how I would deal with that environment now, but I would do it for Leigh,’ she added.

Fearne, CoppaFeel! patron and good friend with CoppaFeel!’s founder Kris Hallenga, spoke at length about how vital the charity’s message is, stating: ‘It’s really about normalising checking your boobs and getting that awareness out there and ensuring that early prevention could save your life.

Fearne and CoppaFeel! founder Kris sparkled at this year’s Festifeel celebrations (Picture: Derek Bremner)

‘It could ensure that you get treatment at the right point before it goes down the wrong road, and it’s also to show that young ages need to be really aware of this subject matter too.’

CoppaFeel! does a lot of work in charities to spread their message, including the fact that younger people can also receive diagnoses.

‘A lot of the time I think people think, “Oh breast cancer’s for old ladies way down the line,” and that is obviously not the case. CoppaFeel! talks to a lot of different people that have had that experience,’ Fearne said.

‘It’s about making [checking your boobs] a normal thing – when you’re having a shower, when you’re putting your deodorant on, whatever it is. To ensure that you are checking your boobs, you know what feels normal, you know what feels abnormal, and that if you do feel something that you act on it and that you don’t feel worried or scared about doing that, that you go and get checked rather than putting it off.’

This year’s star-studded line-up at Festifeel included musical stars McFly and Gabrielle Aplin and comedians Rosie Jones and Darren Harriott, among many others.

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