Ben Shephard breaks silence as he QUITS TV presenting role he’s hosted for nine years to spend time with family: ‘The time has come’

Ben Shephard has broken his silence after quitting a major TV role to spend time with his family.

The popular TV host, 44, currently hosts shows Good Morning Britain, Tipping Point, Ninja Warrior UK and Sky Sport's Goals on Sunday.

But he confirmed on Saturday that he would be quitting the latter in order to spend more time with his family, including his sons Jack, 12, and Sam, 14.

Writing to his 705,000 Twitter followers, Ben said: “Morning all- So after 9 seasons + nearly 400 shows the time has come to hang up my @GoalsOnSunday boots.

“I’ve loved working with @chris_kammy + know we’ll have more adventures to come! Thanks to our viewers, guests, + @SkySports it’s has, as Kammy would say been 'Unbelievable!'."

Ben shares his sons with his wife Annie Perksm, who he married in 2004.

He told The Mirror about his decision to quit the show, saying: "Now they’re teenagers, Sam is taller than me and Jack is not far behind, which I’m trying to come to terms with.

“They’re consumed by schoolwork all week, the weekend is the only time I can spend with them."

He added: "What tends to happen is that after doing the breakfast show on Thursdays and ­Fridays, Saturday comes and I’m shattered.

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"Doing Goals on Sunday has been amazing, but I can see that not only will we all benefit as a family but I’ll benefit too from being more involved in their weekend life."

However, there’s one job he claims he never wants to leave.

He added: “I’m so grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had, but if in 20 years’ time I am doing Tipping Point it will be an absolutely privilege to still be there.”

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