02/09/2016 09:04 BST | Updated 02/09/2016 12:10 BST

Bill Turnbull Reveals The Real Reason He Quit 'BBC Breakfast'

'It was like riding a stage coach and you get to the end and you are grateful to be alive.'

Bill Turnbull has opened up about his decision to leave ‘BBC Breakfast’, revealing he quit as he did not want to become “stale”. 

The presenter left the programme earlier this year, after over 15 years on the sofa, and has now admitted he often struggled with the pressures of hosting a daily three-hour live broadcast in the modern era. 

Bill Turnbull left 'BBC Breakfast' earlier this year
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Bill presented 'BBC Breakfast' for 15 years

When he announced he was stepping down from the show last September, Bill claimed he was quitting to spend more time with his “neglected bees”. 

“There is some sadness there, but no regrets,” he told The Mirror at the time. 

Since leaving the show, Bill has joined Classic FM, and continues to host ‘Songs Of Praise’ and ‘Think Tank’ on the BBC, as well as stepping in for Matt Baker on ‘The One Show’. 

‘BBC Breakfast’ airs daily from 6am on BBC One and BBC News. 

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