Jane McDonald explains sudden Channel 5 exit on This Morning

Jane McDonald opened up about her recent shock announcement during an appearance on This Morning today, joining Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford in the ITV studios.

The 56-year-old made headlines last week when she revealed she was quitting her Channel 5 show Cruising With Jane McDonald.

Comedian Susan Calman will be replacing her on the show, after four and a half years at the helm.

Chatting with Eamonn and Ruth today, Jane admitted "it has been fabulous" fronting the hit travel series for so many years.

Digging for answers, Eamonn asked Jane upfront about her motivation to leave the show.

Jane confessed: "I always believe you should leave the party when you’re still having fun.

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"I just feel it's time to pass the baton.

"I’ve had the most amazing time and I thank Channel 5 for giving me the experiences that I’ve had."

The singer admitted she planned to spend more time at home with her family, having spent so many years away at sea.

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Assuring fans they will see more of her in the future, Jane said: "I’m only giving up travelling – not TV.

"It's all about that gut feeling and knowing when to go."

Earlier in the week, Jane wished her replacement, Susan, good luck over Twitter, saying: "I’m so delighted that @SusanCalman is taking over Cruising & Holidaying. She is going to be fabulous!"

"Wishing you the best of luck ever Susan. I'm sure you will have a ball. I certainly did. Lots of love Jane xxx."

This Morning airs on weekdays at 10am on ITV.

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