Alan Titchmarsh has called time on his self-titled chat show and will begin filming the last ever series in September.
‘The Alan Titchmarsh Show’ has been broadcast on ITV for seven years but the green-fingered presenter has decided to quit the programme.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my years at the helm of The Titchmarsh Show but I feel the time has now come to move on,” he told The Sun. “With some exciting new projects ahead, I’m looking forward to continuing to work with ITV.”
The presenter - still more famous for fronting ‘Ground Force’ - will also end his £5.5 million-a-year contract with the channel, but will be going back to the job that first made him a housewives' choice.
He will continue presenting the channel’s shows ‘Love Your Garden’ and ‘Britain’s Best Garden’.
The news is reportedly a huge blow for ITV bosses. With around a million viewers, Alan’s chat show is one of their most-watched daytime programmes.
“It’s a blow as his show still does really well. He’s had some great guests, including Prime Minister David Cameron,” a source told the paper. “But he’s had enough so it’s game over.”
Alan has been gracing our TV screens for more than 20 years and has fronted a huge variety of shows including 'Songs Of Praise' and 'Popstar To Operastar'.
His ITV show began broadcasting in 2007 and includes a review of current affairs and topical stories.
Recurring guests include Janet Street Porter and Gloria Hunniford.