The owners of A Place In The Sun expressed sympathy for the landlord Jonnie Irwin after he appeared on the show for hitting him while he was battling terminal cancer.
The presenter, 49, had just six months to live when he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, which had spread to his brain in August 2020.
After sharing his diagnosis with show bosses, his contract was not renewed, with Jonnie admitting the decision ‘breaks my heart’.
Free Form Productions, which made the show, said it was ‘unable to guarantee adequate coverage’ for him to continue filming internationally amid the outbreak. Covid-19 crisis and said they understood his ‘disappointment’ at the decision.
Sending a message: A Place In The Sun bosses have expressed sympathy for host Jonnie Irwin after he raged at the show for hitting him while he battled cancer final stage letter
A statement released to MailOnline read: ‘Jonnie has been a hugely important part of the A Place In The Sun family for over 18 years and we are all deeply saddened by his diagnosis.
‘Beloved by everyone in the production, there was no difficulty trying to allow Jonnie to continue filming internationally with us during Covid but the production company couldn’t afford insurance. enough for him.
‘Although we are unable to continue filming overseas with him, we are delighted that he is able to stay with our team in the UK for exhibitions. Of course, we understand how frustrating this is for him at this extremely difficult time.
Two of them: The former real estate agent’s television career began in 2004 when he was selected from hundreds of applicants to co-present A Place in the Sun with Channel 4’s Jasmine Harman
The former real estate agent’s television career began in 2004 when he was selected from hundreds of applicants to co-present Channel 4’s A Place in the Sun with Jasmine Harman.
He is the show’s longest-running host, along with Jasmine, who is still on the show.
In 2010, he gained more fans by becoming a regular host of Escape to the Country. He has continued to film for BBC One since his diagnosis and throughout his treatment.
Trip: Earlier this month, MailOnline unearthed footage of Jonnie sipping Puglian olive oil on his last trip for A Place in the Sun in 2020, before he found out he had cancer final phase
Speaking of the decision on Thursday’s episode of Good Morning Britain, he said: ‘When I was told I couldn’t do it, they broke my heart, but I don’t think they thought of me. I was subdued by some people and wanted to help me and my family.
‘Not being on A Place In The Sun anymore has affected my mental health. I’m a family man now but being a TV presenter defines you and can’t travel and provide for my family.’
He added in a chat with The Sun: ‘Within two weeks someone else was on TV doing my job, I just feel like I’ve earned a little more from them after 18 years. It was my first job in TV and it was special to me.’
Jonnie’s diagnosis came while he was filming Channel No. 4‘s A Place In The Sun in Italy in 2020, after he suffered from blurred vision while driving.
Within a week of flying home, doctors told him he was terminally ill and had only six months to live. Cancer drugs and chemotherapy helped prolong his life.
Earlier this month, MailOnline unearthed footage of Jonnie sipping Puglian olive oil on his last trip for A Place In The Sun in 2020, before he discovered he had terminal cancer. . The episode was never aired.
Heartbreaking: Jonnie appeared on Good Morning Britain on Thursday as he revealed he is ‘making memories’ for his children as they won’t be able to remember him after his death
During an appearance on Good Morning Britain, Jonnie revealed that his focus right now is on ‘making memories’ for his children – son Rex, three, and two-year-old twins Rafa and Cormac – because he fears them won’t remember you after that. he died.
He explained: ‘I want to make memories, I know my children are too young they won’t remember me.
‘I wanted to at least put it on camera or film to show them how brilliant the early days were. I think our house for Christmas will be very lavish.’
Family: The presenter, 49, has son Rex, three, and two-year-old twins Rafa and Cormac with wife Jessica Holmes but has just months to live while battling cancer
He also detailed the difficulties he and his wife faced dealing with his diagnosis for their children, saying: ‘Only recently have I considered when we will tell them, they are too small.
‘I’m me now, a leaner version, needless to tell them. I think there will be a lot of things for them to understand.
‘I do my best to bury my head in the sand for what use when you spend all day thinking about cancer while worrying about your gas bill. The cost of living is a concern as I won’t witness it, but my family will.
He continued: ‘I was scared of what happened to an extent, when people found out you had cancer, it was horrible and I lost my job because of it, professionally, I don’t want to lose my job, people treat you differently.
‘If I withhold that information, I can live a normal life. There are some busy people on social media saying I look sick.’
Announcing his diagnosis, he said Hi magazine: ‘I’m carrying a dirty secret – it’s become a monkey on my back. I don’t know how long I have to live, but I try to stay optimistic and my attitude is that I am living with cancer, not dying from it.
‘I put little markers – things I want on the side. I have a habit of saying, ‘Don’t plan ahead because I might not be well enough’.
‘But now I want to make a plan. I wanted to make memories and capture these moments with my family because of the fact that, my sons will grow up without knowing their father and that breaks my heart.”
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Born in 1973, Jonnie Irwin grew up in Bitteswell, Leicestershire, and attended Lutterworth Grammar School and Community College before becoming a real estate agent.
In 2004, Irwin was selected from hundreds of applicants along with co-host Jasmine Harman to present Channel 4’s A Place In The Sun – Home Or Away. The real estate program was a surprise success and widely offered. Irwin also regularly presents the BBC’s Escape To The Country and To Buy Or Not To Buy.
In January 2011, Sky 1 aired Irwin’s own show Dream Lives for Sale, in which he helped people leave their lives in the UK to buy their dream business. surname.
Later that year, he started a new series The Renovation Game that aired weekday mornings on Channel 4.
In addition to his presentation time, he is also the commercial director of Judicare, which describes itself as “a law firm dedicated to providing clients with legal advice on all matters relating to property in the country.” outside”.
Irwin married Jessica Holmes in September 2016. They have three sons together and lived in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire before moving to Newcastle.
On November 13, Irwin was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He told Hello magazine: ‘I don’t know how long I have to live, but I try to stay optimistic and my attitude is that I am living with cancer, not dying from it’ .
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