Bill Turnbull: ‘Taking me back’ BBC star in tearful moment amid terminal cancer diagnosis

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BILL TURNBULL was diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer in 2017 and now the former BBC Breakfast star has made an emotional admission after he received overwhelming support from his fans.

Bill Turnbull, 63, spoke candidly about his cancer diagnosis during an episode of his self-titled Channel 4 documentary, Staying Alive, where he explored alternative health methods to help combat the disease. The former BBC Breakfast star became visibly emotional after he began to read messages from fans on Twitter.

The Classic FM host admitted it was in those moments when people showed him love and support, when he became the most tearful.

Speaking on the show, he said: “Pretty much as soon as the programme went out the emails started flooding in.”

Bill then began to read out tweets he received from fans, as one person wrote: “Just read the tweet about your cancer diagnosis. So very sorry, you feel like family to all of us. Sending love and wishing you joy and happiness every single day. Hang in there.”

Another person commented: “Sending you huge support. I was diagnosed in February and I’m still here fighting strong.”

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The former BBC Breakfast presenter became overwhelmed from the support shown by fans who offered their well wishes as he fought back the tears.

Wiping his eyes, Bill mused: “Reading these [messages]is taking me back to that day and I also find that people who show me love, make me like this,” before he added: “That’s what it does”.

The TV anchor fronted his Channel 4 documentary which followed his quest to find treatments for his cancer diagnosis.

Speaking to Radio Times about the programme, he said: “If you’re going to make a documentary about yourself when you’ve got an incurable disease, you know you’re going to be exposing quite a lot of your private life.

“And I suppose I did worry a little bit about how much we were going to put on show.”

He added: “But you have to be prepared to let people see what it’s all about – there’s no point in making the film otherwise. You can’t sanitise it.”

Bill recently addressed how he is coping with his treatment while speaking to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on a recent episode of This Morning.

He told the hosts that he had changed his dietary habits, including cutting out alcohol.

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“I am in no pain, no discomfort, I’ve changed the way I eat, changed the way I live,” Bill explained.

“I’ve cut out almost all alcohol apart from special occasions.”

The former BBC Breakfast presenter added: “I do feel psychically a lot better – psychologically a little different as you have ups and downs.”

Bill made a hilarious admission on Twitter earlier this week when he revealed he had a vegan sausage roll for the first time.

In view of his 93,000 followers, he wrote: “Just had my first Greggs vegan sausage roll. Remarkable. Made missing my train almost worthwhile.”

Fans inundated the presenter with comments, as one person quipped: “Dear Bill, please, please, please tell #piersmorgan. It would really make his day.”

He replied: “I will. I’m on his show tomorrow. Correction: Susanna’s show.”

Bill made an appearance on the ITV show Good Morning Britiain alongside host’s Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.

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