Broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh has admitted he was "hurt" by the BBC's decision to sideline him in this year's Chelsea Flower Show programming, saying he was made "an offer I had to refuse".

Titchmarsh, 65, who has been replaced by Monty Don, said he was offered a lesser role for the much-loved event after three decades as host.

The former Gardeners' World presenter said he was not bitter and had moved on.

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But he admitted: "Yes, I suppose I was hurt, because I know people enjoy you doing it as much as I loved doing it.

"But they probably felt it was time for a change and may well be right."

It was announced last year that Titchmarsh was leaving the show, with the BBC saying in a statement: "The way the Chelsea coverage will be presented across the BBC has changed for 2014, and Alan decided to step away from next year's show."

Titchmarsh said: "I was disappointed but I'm not a grudge-bearer. You have to move on. Nobody owes you a living."

The chat show host denied that his replacement's lack of horticultural training - Don is a self-professed "amateur gardener" - bothered him.

"Presenting is a skill in itself. I've presented programmes on classical music, nature and the royal family. I don't hold Monty Don's lack of training against him," he said.

Titchmarsh, who was succeeded by Don on Gardeners' World when he left in 2002, added: "He's passionate and he gets through to a lot of people. Good luck to him."