Jane McDonald steps down from Channel 5 series in shock career move

Jane, 56, announced the news on her official Twitter account this morning much to the dismay of her many fans. She explained it was time for her to spend more time in the UK as she concentrates on her music career.

Writing in view of her 153,900 Twitter followers and on her website, Jane explained: “By now you will have seen the news about me stepping away from my shows on Channel 5.

“It’s been an incredible four and a half years of travelling, 38 Cruises and over 100 flights.

“It’s now time for me to spend some time in the UK, concentrate on my music and tours and exciting new projects.

“I want to offer my most sincere thanks to everyone who has worked on all my shows.


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“Everyone at Channel 5 and Viacom International Studios who have all helped make the most incredible and successful programmes.

“It’s been a total joy to work with everyone and thank you very much to everyone who has watched and supported the shows. I have had a blast!”

Jane’s fans were quick to comment on her Twitter post and express how devastated they were to hear she’d be stepping down from her travel series.

“Awww we’ll miss the shows however best of luck with everything your doing in its place,” one fan replied.

Another wrote: “Sorry to hear you’re stopping your tv shows but excited to hear about new music and tours.

“I always love seeing/ hearing you perform / it’s always guaranteed to be a great night of fun, laughter and amazing music especially the self penned songs.”

A third tweeted: “Oh Jane!! You’ll be sorely missed on Channel 5!

“Looking forward to some new music and spectacular Live Shows instead Face throwing a kiss.”

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Someone else continued: “Thank you for bringing so much joy into our lives. I’ve loved watching you since way back in the original “The Cruise”.

“I’ve been a fan for so many years, wishing you all the very best on your new adventures. @TheJaneMcDonald.”

Jane has always been open about her career and previously spoke about struggling about she was “dropped” from her record company.

Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine, she explained: “I’ve lived a lot and I’ve been through a lot and I thought, ‘Just put it out there.’


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“A lot of people say, ‘How do you survive in this industry?’ and I don’t know how to survive in this industry. I’ve just put down how I’ve done it.

“There’s an awful lot of walls that you hit, there’s a lot of doors that you get slammed in your face and you just have to go, ‘Right, I’m going to do that a different way.’”

She also spoke about struggling after her marriage to Henrik ended.

“I got dropped from my record company, the TV, my husband left me. I had nothing left, everything had gone,” Jane commented.

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