A PLACE in the Sun's Jonnie Irwin has revealed a nightmare mistake he made after his cancer diagnosis.
The television presenter, 49, previously revealed he had been given six months to live by doctors.
Jonnie, who has a wife and three young children, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2020.
He told The Sun how bosses from Channel 4's A Place in the Sun axed him when they heard the news.
Sharing a health update, Jonnie appeared on Thursday's edition of Morning Live.
He told the BBC programme about the moment he knew something wasn't right.
Irwin was filming in Italy at the time when he got "weird visuals" – when a member of the crew recognised the symptoms and drove him to a nearby hospital.
He revealed why he kept his diagnosis out of the public domain for so long.
"I still didn't want people to treat me differently, and I still wouldn't, I'd still needed to work.
"And so I've kept it secret for two and a half years."
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However, he told presenters Gethin Jones and Kimberly Walsh he wished he'd "done more" when it came to life insurance.
Speaking about a costly mistake he made, he explained: "So when you get a terminal diagnosis, it covers you for when you're gone.
"But terminal diagnosis' can go on for years and it will affect…your illness affects your work, so if you're unable to work and you're waiting for this payout, who is going to pay the rent?
"So critical illness is a policy you take alongside that and that kicks in as soon as you're ill.
"I didn't take that and that took a lot of a lot of pressure on having to work on days when I didn't want to go to work, and that's one mistake I say to everyone."
Jonnie recently shared snaps of his visit to Santa Clause with his wife and one of the couple's children.
Morning Live airs on BBC One and iPlayer.
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