ITV James Martin Saturday Morning star breaks silence on retirement after show pulled

James Martin has addressed retiring on a farm after ITV James Martin Saturday Morning was pulled from air. The TV chef, a former BBC Saturday Kitchen star, is on hiatus from ITV with his weekly show instead airing a repeat edition on Saturday (June 15).

Speaking previously on the show, James welcomed BBC Strictly Come Dancing star Kelvin Fletcher and his family, who've quit showbusiness to run a working family farm, like Jeremy Clarkson has done in Oxfordshire at Diddly Squat.

"This is why I am excited, because I am determined, before I retire, to push the button like you've done," he told Kelvin Fletcher and hsi wife Liz. "My mates keep sending me pictures of islands in Scotland and farms in Scotland going, 'You do it, do it, do it'."

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He added to The Guardian: "It’s probably the reason I’m still here, doing what I’m doing 20 years down the line. Afterwards, we’d come in through the utility room with the dogs, hang up our coats, put on our slippers and go and eat."

He added: "I would celebrate my last supper on the pig farm where I was brought up. It’s in the middle of the Yorkshire Moors. We’d be around the solid oak table in the kitchen, and the Aga would be on. My mum, sister and grandparents would be there, as well as some good friends who’ve inspired me along the way. None of my family are chefs, but they’re all madly into food.

"There was never even a single readymade meal." He went on: "Before our meal, I’d be out on the farm. It would be wintertime, which was always the hardest work, but it made you enjoy your food even more. Working on the farm taught me so much: to graft for everything, to be grounded and honest and to respect others."