Fearne Cotton has admitted that she’s been sacked ‘millions of times’ throughout her long career and sometimes without even being told.

The star, 42, who was replaced by Alan Carr as host of BBC’s Interior Design Masters, refused to name the shows in question but said twice over the last decade she’d only learned the news of her axe after turning on the TV and seeing someone else doing her job.

Fearne who has now turned her back on broadcasting in favour of her wellness brand Happy Place, found fame on CITV and CBBC before going on to Radio 1, Celebrity Juice as well as briefly fronting The Xtra Factor and Love Island. 

She told The Times: ‘I’ve been sacked a million times, I’ve been sacked and not told I’ve been sacked. You just turn the telly on and someone else is doing your job.’ 

‘It’s all a big game. You’ve got the Monopoly board out and you’re moving around [trying to] dodge the danger.’ 

Fearne Cotton, 42,  has admitted that she's been sacked 'millions of times' throughout her long career and sometimes without even being told.

Fearne Cotton, 42,  has admitted that she’s been sacked ‘millions of times’ throughout her long career and sometimes without even being told.

The star who was replaced by Alan Carr (pictured) as host of BBC 's Interior Design Masters, refused to name the shows in question but said twice over the last decade she'd only learned the news of her axe after turning on the TV and seeing someone else doing her job

The star who was replaced by Alan Carr (pictured) as host of BBC ‘s Interior Design Masters, refused to name the shows in question but said twice over the last decade she’d only learned the news of her axe after turning on the TV and seeing someone else doing her job

Fearne hosted the BBC design show for one series in 2019 before the show was relaunched in 2021 as Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr with the funny man at the helm (pictured on the show with interior designer Michelle Ogundehin)

Fearne hosted the BBC design show for one series in 2019 before the show was relaunched in 2021 as Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr with the funny man at the helm (pictured on the show with interior designer Michelle Ogundehin)

Fearne hosted the BBC design show for one series in 2019 before it was relaunched in 2021 as Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr with the funny man at the helm.

She also fronted X Factor spin off the Xtra Factor for one series in 2007, later being replaced by pal Holly Willoughby, as well as co-hosting 2006’s celebrity Love Island with Patrick Kielty.

Elsewhere in the interview Fearne admitted that ‘all of her mental health lows’ have been due to work and that ‘no money in the world’ would make her return to live radio or TV.

She told how it is impossible to be in the public eye when you’re young and ‘get through it in one piece’ as she admitted big red carpet events never felt ‘safe’ to her.

The blonde beauty also reflected on her mental health struggles in her early years, saying she would not sleep the night before live radio and would end up feeling ill which escalated into ‘anxiety and panic attacks’. 

This continued until she began to question why she was doing it to herself and decide to step away.

Fearne left Radio 1 in 2015.

She became the first regular female presenter of the BBC Radio 1 Chart Show in 2007, which she co-hosted with Reggie Yates.

She said: 'I've been sacked a million times, I've been sacked and not told I've been sacked. You just turn the telly on and someone else is doing your job' (Fearne pictured on Interior Design Masters in 2019)

She said: ‘I’ve been sacked a million times, I’ve been sacked and not told I’ve been sacked. You just turn the telly on and someone else is doing your job’ (Fearne pictured on Interior Design Masters in 2019)  

Fearne hosted the BBC design show for one series in 2019 before it was relaunched in 2021 as Interior Design Masters with Alan Carr with the funny man at the helm

She also fronted X Factor spin off the Xtra Factor for one series in 2007 (pictured) before being replaced by pal Holly Willoughby

She also fronted X Factor spin off the Xtra Factor for one series in 2007 (pictured) before being replaced by pal Holly Willoughby

As well as co-hosting 2006's celebrity Love Island with Patrick Kielty

As well as co-hosting 2006’s celebrity Love Island with Patrick Kielty

And then two years later she went on to present her own BBC Radio 1 show.

Last month Fearne reflected on her decision to leave BBC Radio 1 in 2015, admitting in the nine years since so much has changed ‘for the better’.

The broadcaster has been a solid part of the TV and radio world since she began her presenting career in 1996 at the age of 15.

She joined Radio 1 in 2005, and two years later became the first ever permanent female presenter of a BBC radio chart show.

In 2009, Fearne then took over from Jo Whiley in hosting Radio 1’s weekday mid-morning show, but left the station in 2015 with her final show taking place exactly nine years ago, later citing her mental health.

Marking the anniversary, she took to her Instagram to share a video looking back on how far she’d come since and admitting at the time she ‘mentally was not in a great place’ and had ‘very low mood’ and ‘self loathing’.

Fearne said: ‘So apparently it’s been nine years since I left Radio 1, which I can’t believe. On one hand it feels like another lifetime ago and in another way it feels like it was yesterday.

Elsewhere in the interview Fearne admitted that 'all of her mental health lows' have been due to work and that 'no money in the world' would make her return to live radio or TV (seen in 2000)

Elsewhere in the interview Fearne admitted that ‘all of her mental health lows’ have been due to work and that ‘no money in the world’ would make her return to live radio or TV (seen in 2000)

The broadcaster joined Radio 1 in 2005, but left the station in 2015 with her final show taking place exactly nine years ago, later citing her mental health (pictured on show)

The broadcaster joined Radio 1 in 2005, but left the station in 2015 with her final show taking place exactly nine years ago, later citing her mental health (pictured on show)

‘But I don’t often stop and take stock of how much or what has changed, I’m just like racing through life like we all are. 

‘But today I’ve gone, “Oh my god so much has changed in nine years”, and luckily for the better because at that time I really mentally was not in a great place. 

‘And that’s not to say that I have perfect mental health now but I really wasn’t in a good head space and I had a lot of self doubt and self loathing and all sorts of stuff going on and very very low mood and anxiety, which I still deal with today here and there.’

She explained that she had made ‘progress’, by growing in confidence enough to trust her gut and set boundaries for herself.

She explained: ‘But there’s been progress and I’m not talking about career achievement here, I’m talking about me mentally and knowing that I can say no to things and knowing that I can set boundaries and knowing that it’s okay to follow my gut and just a whole host of things that I didn’t feel I had access to back then.

‘So although I don’t often stop and go what’s happened over the course of a decade, today it definitely feels like a lot has happened.

‘And I’m really grateful because I’ve been able to sort this whole new chapter of my career which I hadn’t anticipated at all.’

Fearne went on to explain how live radio and TV is no longer for her due to the 'level of risk and judgement', saying her 'nervous system can't take' being thrown into a 'pit of lions'

Fearne went on to explain how live radio and TV is no longer for her due to the ‘level of risk and judgement’, saying her ‘nervous system can’t take’ being thrown into a ‘pit of lions’ 

In August 2021, Fearne admitted that she quit her job at BBC Radio 1 because it was ‘ruining her mind’ (pictured on radio)

Fearne then voiced her joy that she had managed to achieve so many great things, such as her Happy Place podcast and the accompanying Happy Place Festival, as well as her upcoming debut novel, Scripted.

She gushed: ‘I’m so grateful for Happy Place, I’m so grateful that I get to do the podcast, I’m so grateful that we’ve got the Happy Place Festival coming up again.

‘I’m so grateful that I’ve had the opportunity and dived headfirst into writing my first novel, which I feel just sort of feel mind blown about.’

Urging her followers to have hope they can also make positive changes, she concluded: ‘I guess I wanted to do this message because change is possible. You know, whether it is a life pivot or mentally like a mindset. Change is possible, new things can happen. It doesn’t feel like it at the time, but it is possible. 

‘I didn’t think I was going to write a novel. I didn’t think I was going to do a festival and a podcast and all these other lovely Happy Place projects, I didn’t have a clue. 

‘So change is possible, you’re not stuck. And you gotta hold onto any bit of hope that’s there and trust and keep learning and keep growing. That’s all we can do. But you’re not stuck! Change is most definitely possible.’

Captioning the inspirational post, Fearne wrote that while she was still ‘on the mend from tough times’, she was improving.

She penned: ‘9 years ago I left Radio1. I don’t often look back, or take stock but today I do feel the need to stop and recognise how much has changed.

‘I’m still on the mend from tough times and I still have work to do to regulate my nervous system, but I’m getting a bit better at looking after myself and having self compassion.

‘I’m up for trying new things and constantly seek out new challenges that keep me on my toes. These tweaks have opened up so much that I’m grateful for.

‘If you feel stuck, I promise you you’re not. There’s always another way if you want change and are willing to try something new or change your mindset. 

‘None of its easy but it is possible. On this grey, s****y Wednesday I’m sending you love and big encouragement on your path to make changes that work for you.’

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