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Fern Britton supports Rylan Clark over Ready Steady Cook viewing figures: ‘Not the best!’

Classic opening sequence for ‘Ready Steady Cook’

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Fern Britton took to Twitter yesterday to support fellow television star Rylan Clark. The 63-year-old shared a tweet from the presenter online, after he revealed that his revival of Ready Steady Cook had not got off to the best start.

A disappointed Rylan said the return of the BBC cookery programme had launched with just under a million viewers.

He admitted that it wasn’t the start that he and the production team were hoping for.

The former X Factor star went on to say that he wasn’t afraid to talk about the ratings.

Ready Steady Cook, which Fern hosted for 16 years in the 1990s, returned this month for a second series.

“Ready Steady launched with just under a mil yesterday,” Rylan told his 1.6 million followers.

“Not the best but it’s a start.

“People don’t tend to talk about ‘ratings’ when they aren’t what they would like. But I’m OK to. I’m normal,” he added.

“The whole production worked really hard so hopefully people will find it and love it,” the BBC star went on to say.

Fern shared the tweet with her own 80,900 followers, and added: “Rylan, you’ve got this!”

“Thank you beautiful. Sending love,” he replied.

Many took to the comments section to share their thoughts and encouragement.

“Well I for one love it. You’ve all done a wonderful job with no live audience and all covid restrictions adhered to,” one person wrote.

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“I thought it was fantastic! Just wait until the word has spread @Rylan. All everyone is bothered about is food at the moment (and drinks….me) Please can I be a red tomato though,” another added, referring to a segment in the programme.

“Didn’t know it had started again. Will watch next week,” a third remarked.

A fourth fan added: “When Covid rules allow, fingers crossed for an episode with @Fern_Britton and @Rylan co-presenting….”

Fern hosted the original edition of the programme from 1994 to 2000.

Celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott took her place at the helm and the show ran for another decade.

Over the years it has featured a number of famous chefs including James Martin, Gino D’ACampo, Aldo Zilli and of course Fern’s ex husband, Phil Vickery.

It was on the show that the couple first met.

Ready Steady Cook airs weekdays at 3.45pm on BBC One

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