TELEVISION PRESENTER FERN BRITTON AT THE NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS IN LONDON. 04/02/2000: Ready Steady Cook host Fern Britton revealed she is quitting the hit BBC programme. * 24/5/2001: Fern Britton who revealed, that she has undergone treatment for cancer, but says she is now "fine". The former Read Steady Cook host discovered a mole on her arm and, after doctors confirmed it was skin cancer, she underwent an operation earlier this month. "I have had skin cancer but I am now absolutely fine", said the 43-year-old TV host in an interview with The Mirror.