Bill Turnbull opened up about his cancer diagnosis on BBC Breakfast, leaving hosts Dan Walker and Naga Munchetty emotional by the interview’s conclusion.
The 63-year-old broadcaster, who previously hosted BBC Breakfast from 2001 to 2016, revealed his prostate cancer diagnosis in March 2018 – with his journey since the subject of new Channel 4 documentary Bill Turnbull: Staying Alive.
Speaking on the show, Bill explained how he felt ‘remarkably cheerful and healthy’, before going onto praise his family for helping him through.
‘I’m very lucky to have a truly wonderful family, and a remarkable wife,’ Bill said.
‘It has been very difficult, but if you have love in your life, and enough of it, it really does carry you through.
‘And I’ve been really blown away by people wishing me well – and all those things really count.’
He added: ‘I’m going to live for as long as I’m going to live for. Whatever happens, happens. I can help make myself better than great.’
‘I don’t think you can battle against cancer, I don’t believe in the vocabulary of being an adversary, of being in opposition, I don’t think that helps.
‘I think what we need to do is, well here’s a situation how can I help myself get from a position of being ill to not being quite so ill or being healthy. Let’s work together with the body to do that.’
As the interview concluded, Naga Munchetty said: ‘I love you, Bill. Miss you. I’m sending you a big hug.’
Dan Walker added: ‘Lovely to talk to you. We get asked so regularly how you are, and how you’re doing, so it’s lovely to have you on the programme today for so many of our breakfast viewers to see you’re looking well and feeling well too.’
Bill has recently called for changes to laws surrounding medicinal cannabis following his new documentary, after taking the drug while on camera.
The documentary also shows the effect the diagnosis has had on his family – wife of 31 years Sarah McCombie, and their three children.
Bill Turnbull: Staying Alive airs Thursday 24 October on Channel 4 at 10pm.
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