Jonnie Irwin kept cancer a secret from TV chiefs so he could keep working

A Place in the Sun Leicestershire star Jonnie Irwin has revealed he shielded his battle with cancer from TV bosses because he feared losing important work.  The father who has a terminal dose of the deadly disease said he wanted to make sure his family had enough money.


In a candid interview with The SunJonnie Irwin said he was determined to live.  The dad-of-three was given just six months to live in 2020 after he was diagnosed with lung cancer which had spread to his brain.  


He says medication, radiotherapy, and chemo have helped him live longer than expected.


Jonnie Irwin kept cancer a secret from TV chiefs so he could keep working
Jonnie Irwin

He accused his bosses of not giving him more work after his diagnosis was revealed, justifying his decision to remain silent for two years.  He said: 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.  This broke my heart.  I am feeling very disappointed.  I can't even watch the show anymore.

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