British presenter Jonnie Irwin has said he was sacked from his role in Channel 4’s ‘A Place in the Sun’ after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Irwin recently revealed that he has advanced stage lung cancer that has spread to his brain, having discovered the disease in 2020 while filming the real estate travel show.
In an interview with The Sun, Irwin says Freeform Productions, producers of Channel 4 and ‘A Place in the Sun’, dropped him from his role as presenter as soon as he came forward about his situation. He claims he was paid mid-season and his contract was not renewed.
“It hurts. It broke my heart,” she said. “I feel extremely disappointed. I can’t even watch the show right now.” Since his terminal cancer diagnosis, Irwin has continued to work, hosting episodes of “Country Escape” and other projects.
He claimed that Freeform’s response meant he hid his diagnosis from others out of fear of losing his job while trying to financially protect his family as best he could before he died.
“Even though I look thinner and hairless, ‘Escape to the Country’ and ‘A Place In The Sun Ltd’, who run the exhibits at the show, signed me up and I was very impressed. But I didn’t get that support from ‘A Place In The Sun’. I told them I wanted to work. When I said, “Can I get the doctor’s notes and reassurance from my oncologist that I’m fit to work,” I was told, word for word, “Oh, you really don’t want to go that route, do you?” ‘”
Channel 4 and Freeform released a statement to The Sun: ‘No stone has been left unturned in an effort to allow Jonnie to continue her international shoot with us during Covid, but the production company have been unable to ensure adequate insurance coverage for him. We obviously understand how frustrating this must be for him at this incredibly difficult time.”
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