A Place In The Sun star Jonnie Irwin claims he was axed from the popular show in light of his lung cancer diagnosis.
Jonnie, 48, was diagnosed with the illness in 2020 but has shared the news for the first time this month.
The TV presenter shares three young children with his wife Jessica: Rex, three, and twins Rafa and Cormac, two.
Jonnie was initially given six months to live, but has outlived doctor’s predictions with the help of medication, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
As the 48 year old begins to open up on his illness, Jonnie’s now alleged A Place In The Sun left him in the lurch when he became sick.
“As soon as people find out you’ve got cancer they write you off. Yes, I have stage four and it’s terminal — but not yet, so let me live my life while I can,” he told The Sun.
“As soon as I told A Place In The Sun about my diagnosis they paid me for the rest of the season but didn’t renew my contract. They knew I wanted to carry on.
“That hurt. That broke my heart. I feel hugely let down. I can’t even watch the show now.”
When approached by OK! for comment, Freeform Productions said in a statement: "Jonnie has been a hugely important part of the A Place in The Sun family for over 18 years and all of us were deeply saddened by his diagnosis."
The statement continued: "Much loved by everyone on the production, 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. Whilst we were unable to continue to film abroad with him, we’re delighted that he was able to remain as part of our team in the UK for exhibitions.
"We of course understand how frustrating this must be for him at this incredibly difficult time."
While no longer starring on A Place In The Sun, Jonnie has continued to work on other projects throughout his treatment, including Escape to the Country.
Following the news of his diagnosis, Jonnie and his family have been inundated with support, sparking the father-of-three to thank everyone.
“Overwhelmed by your kind messages, not had the chance to read them all yet but I assure you I will,” he penned on Instagram.
“Yesterday I needed some headspace so I escaped to the country with my brother in law and his dog. It was a tonic."
One message of support written to Jonnie read: “No matter what, your boys will be better men for having a dad like you. They are lucky, as are you to have each other."
A second said: "Literally tens of thousands of people sending you positive, encouraging and supportive energy. Keep fighting."
Another added: "I was so sad to hear of your diagnosis. I know utterly irrelevant at this time, but I wanted you to know the pleasure your programs have brought to me and my family, a marvellous tonic in times of stress.
"You are like a friend that we have never met. With every good wish to you and your family."
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