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Jonnie Irwin opened up to Susanna Reid and Ben Shephard on Good Morning Britain as he discussed his cancer diagnosis and being dropped from A Place in the Sun. Although Channel 4 released a statement claiming that "no stone was left unturned" in their efforts to keep Jonnie on the programme, the presenter rebuked this assertion on GMB.

He revealed Channel 4 "broke [his] heart" with the decision to drop him from the series.

Jonnie said: "I feel massively aggrieved. When I was told I couldn't do A Place in the Sun because they didn't think they could get insurance, it just broke my heart.

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"I just didn't think they even fought for me, they say they did."

Ben read out a statement from Channel 4 before Jonnie praised the other companies he works with.

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"Comparing them with A Place in the Sun Live, the exhibition company and Escape to the Country, I've been bowled over by their help [and support]," he said.

Jonnie continued: "Not working on A Place in the Sun anymore that affected my mental health.

"You get cancer, you have all the problems associated with it and I'm not bushing over that but there are many and then you get something [like this].

"I'm a family man now but being a TV presenter almost defines you and not being able to travel and do what I think I'm pretty good at and not being able to provide for my family.

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"Every show I do now that's money for my family for the future."

The statement read out by Ben from Channel 4 read: "No stone was left unturned in trying to enable Jonnie to continue his international filming with us during Covid.

"But, the production company were unable to secure adequate insurance cover for him.

"We, of course, understand how frustrating this must be for him at this incredibly difficult time."

The GMB presenters asked why he's decided not to tell his three young children about his diagnosis.

Jonnie said: "It's only been recently that I've considered when we're going to tell them because the twins are two and a half years old and Rex is four at Christmas - so they're so young.

"At the moment I don't think there's any need to tell them, it'll be a lot for them to get their heads around."

"I try my best to put my head in the sand as much as possible, because what's the point in spending your days thinking about cancer when you could be thinking about something more interesting like the gas bill?

"The cost of living is a concern, it's an added pressure on the current situation."

Reflecting on his diagnosis he added: "Now is about making memories - as I'm sure they won't remember me - to show them the early days were brilliant."

The Escape to the Country presenter also revealed he wanted to keep his diagnosis a secret over fears people would treat him differently.

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