Former Great British Bake Off champ and Strictly Come Dancing star, John Whaite, has declared that his "TV career is over" after Channel 4's show, Steph's Packed Lunch, was cancelled last week.
The 34 year old revealed on Instagram stories that he had been planning to step back from TV anyway, saying: "This is the truth, I was gonna leave TV this year anyway."
John, who was a regular face on Steph's Packed Lunch, cooking meals for guests and stepping in as a presenter when needed, admitted he was "completely fine" with the show being axed.
He added: "I've had a great run, loved it, and I'll do the odd bit here and there but I need to focus my attention on business and my creativity, so that's where I am."
He also added: "That's why I've been off Packed Lunch for a couple of weeks just to get my head in gear and I had just about come to the conclusion that I think my career in television is now done."
John urged his fans to think about the hardworking team behind the scenes of the show. He said they were an "amazing team who have made that show what it is".
He expressed his sympathy for the team, saying they "have had the rug pulled out from under them". But he also thanked his loyal fans for their support.
Despite stepping back from TV, John isn't giving up on his cooking career. He's planning to spend more time sharing "recipes and rambling" through a podcast for his followers.
This is not the first time that John has spoken about the show's axe as he also wrote on Instagram last week: "Breaking my little insta-pause to post about this. I’m sure you’ve read the deeply sad news that Steph’s Packed Lunch will not be returning after December.
"I want to shout, as loud as possible, about how brilliant the team have been. The eclectic mix of folk from a hodgepodge of backgrounds and generations worked tirelessly to try to keep the integrity of a 100-year-old industry alive, and bring lunchtime entertainment and company to many a household.
"What they created was a show that was as diverse as it was welcoming, and I hope each and every one of them continue to thrive wherever the wind next takes them, because they deserve nothing but success."
The TV star finished off his post with a sweet tribute to everyone connected with the programme, especially the cooking team who have been a "lifeline" to him on several occasions.
John first came into the spotlight when he won The Great British Bake Off in 2012. He gained more fame in 2021 when he competed in the 19th series of Strictly. Although he reached the final, he didn't win the Glitterball trophy – that went to Rose Ayling-Ellis and her partner Giovanni Pernice.
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