James Martin stepped down as the host of Saturday Kitchen in 2016 – but what was the real reason he left?
The TV chef shocked fans after leaving the popular BBC cooking show after ten years of running.
However, it was actually the tragic death of a stranger that led James to reevaluate the role.
Why did James Martin leave Saturday Kitchen?
In 2015, James witnessed the sudden death of the chief of Dubai magazine, Dominic De Sousa.
De Sousa died on stage of a suspected heart attack while hosting the BBC Good Food Middle East Awards.
After his tragic death, James began to reevaluate his own life.
So I decided to change.
The TV chef spoke about the incident on Good Morning Britain in 2016.
On the show James shared, “I had a chat with him and he was on stage and collapsed and died in front of me!
“That’s when I made the decision to change.”
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He also said, “That was over a year ago. And I looked back on all of the work I had done. I had four days off this year and five days off the year before.
“That’s when I realized that things had to change. That’s partly why I gave up on Saturday Kitchen. “
Meanwhile, James remembered the tragedy while appearing on Loose Women.
“I have readdressed the scale”
The popular star said De Sousa’s death led him to concern himself with his work-life balance.
James added, “I’ve rebalanced, I didn’t have it in 15 years when I had too much TV.
“Work was [a] fundamental [reason]”I haven’t had a day off for several years, or two days together for almost three years.”
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However, James didn’t expect the big reaction after breaking the news to fans.
The former Ready Steady Cook host told the story The mirror: “I didn’t think leaving Saturday Kitchen would be such a big deal.
“I honestly said to my agent, ‘Keep it out there, but no one will care,’ and the next moment it was all over the papers. It was like One Direction was splitting up. “
What is James Martin doing now?
Thankfully, James is still a familiar face on the TV screens.
The chef started hosting James Martins Saturday Morning in 2017.
He also appears regularly in cooking segments on This Morning.
He is currently on the ITV show James Martin’s Islands to Highlands.
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