Matthew Wright reveals he quit his show after 3am starts took its toll on his marriage and says he's 'overwhelmed' by messages of support from viewers

The TV host, 52, addressed his shock decision to leave The Wright Stuff on this morning's show, telling how he and his wife Amelia were like "passing ships."

Replying to a question from panellist Anne Diamond, Matthew said: "There's not a lot to say, but you know better than most the demands of getting up for a daytime show.

"I'm up at 3 o'clock in the morning these days. I go to bed at half 7. Eighteen-and-a-half years of it… Mrs Wright, we pass like ships in the night and you're looking around like at some point you've got to have a change."

Following yesterday's announcement, the host said he was shocked by the outpouring of love he has received online.

"I have to say I had no idea people could be so nice on Twitter because normally you come off the show and it's you're this, you're that and I hope you die a hideous death.

"Yesterday people were really, really, really nice and I felt quite overwhelmed."

He joked that some of the posts read like a tribute to someone who had died, before confirming he'd stay at the helm of the show until late June/early July.
Yesterday it was reported Matthew quit the Channel 5 show following a bust-up with programme bosses over a transgender issue.

In a statement he said: "I feel it's time to depart and try my hand at something new."

But sources said the move came after weeks of tension with new production team ITN Productions over a transgender issue.

Mail Online reported the TV host refused to publicly apologise for a remark made by a celebrity guest about a transgender campaigner being born a boy.

He was reportedly warned that he would not be allowed on the air unless he made an apology for the comment on the next day's programme.

Tensions over the matter are said to have reached "boiling point".

A source said: "Matthew had enough… he wanted out.

"When he refused to back down and issue an apology, the show bosses tried to force him to take a week off to reconsider. He told them he wasn't going to do that and tensions reached boiling point."

ITN took over from Princess Productions, who had run the show for nine years, in January.

The TV presenter is now said to be in discussions with a number of other broadcasters.

He is also due to appear on BBC One's Question Time in the coming weeks.

In a statement Ben Frow, director of programmes at Channel 5, said: "We would like to thank Matthew for his passion, hard work and enthusiasm over the last 18 years and for making the show what it is today.

"He will be sorely missed and we wish him all the very best for the future."


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