A Place in the Sun's Jasmine Harman breaks down in tears over Jonnie Irwin on Loose Women

Jasmine Harman
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Jasmine Harman was visibly moved as she shared her memories of Jonnie Irwin on Loose Women.

The A Place In The Sun host paid an emotional tribute to her late colleague, who died at the age of 50 following a battle with cancer. Jonnie, also known for his work on BBC's Escape To The Country, had revealed in November 2022 that he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer two years prior, which had spread to his brain.

In February 2024, a family spokesperson announced that Jonnie had "fought bravely against cancer with unwavering strength and courage" before succumbing to the illness. Jasmine and Jonnie first teamed up to present A Place in the Sun on Channel 4 in February 2004, forming a close bond over the years.

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During her appearance on the ITV show, Jasmine opened up about her friendship with Jonnie, becoming emotional as she reminisced about their time together. As a series of photographs played, Jasmine struggled to hold back tears, saying: "Looking at these old photos chokes me up actually."

She reflected on their shared journey into television, noting that while they often filmed in different locations, they remained tight-knit through regular A Place In The Sun gatherings. Jasmine fondly recalled how Jonnie was part of her wedding celebration, reports the Mirror.

"I met my husband on the show and when Jonnie met Jess, his lovely wife, I just remember thinking 'wow she is the one for him'. Then they had their lovely boys. And yes, it really is a hard time...".

Host Kaye Adams noticed Jasmine's voice breaking as she cut in: "This is fresh and I totally appreciate this Jasmine. I mean it has only been a matter of months since Jonnie passed away and the loss of a friends. All losses are difficult, but the loss of a friend going back 20 years is a particular loss. I don't know, one reflects on their life."

Jasmine Harman breaks down in tears on Loose Women as she opens up about Jonnie Irwin memories
Jasmine Harman breaks down in tears on Loose Women as she opens up about Jonnie Irwin memories -Credit:ITV

Jasmine agreed as she said: "Absolutely and I think you never know what's around the corner and I think Jonnie's situation, we can all take something from it." She then broke down in tears as Denise grabbed her a tissue. Jasmine added: "Sorry," as Kaye urged: "Take a minute, take a minute."

She went on to talk about her close friend Jonnie and finished by saying: "The outpouring of love for him has been amazing, so I want to thank all the people for their messages." Viewers at home reacted to the moment as one said: "She isn't ready to talk about this situation."

Another added: "Bless Jasmine, this is too fresh and painful for her. She's a lovely lady and clearly had a very strong friendship with Jonnie."

In a heartfelt tribute one month on from Jonnie's passing, Jasmine shared: "It's been a month since we lost a very special person; someone I was lucky enough to call a friend.

"Time has this weird habit of keeping on going when it feels like it should stop. Today I'm at A Place in the Sun Live and it is hard as Jonnie is on my mind a lot. Over the years, we were always filming in different locations and so we most frequently got to spend time together at the A Place in the Sun Live events.

"This photo was taken here last year in Manchester. It feels strange and sad to be here without him. He was such an inspiration to so many people and he is missed so much. Thank you to all the people who have given messages of support and as always my thoughts and love are with Jonnie's family."

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