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Titchmarsh: I was hurt by BBC's snub over Chelsea Flower Show

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Titchmarsh, 65, who has been replaced by Monty Don, said he was offered a lesser role for the much-loved event after three decades as host.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

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."

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