Titchmarsh 'hurt' by BBC over Chelsea Flower Show snub

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", he told the Radio Times.

Titchmarsh, 65, who has been replaced by Monty Don admitted:

"Yes, I suppose I was hurt, because I know people enjoy you doing it as much as I loved doing it.

Titchmarsh returns with a feature garden at this years show. Credit: Matt Faber/PA Wire

"But they probably felt it was time for a change and may well be right. Was I dumped for Monty Don? You might say that. I couldn't possibly comment. I don't feel dumped."

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 told Radio Times: "I'm not bitter. I was disappointed but I'm not a grudge-bearer. You have to move on."

This year, Titchmarsh has created a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) garden for Chelsea and the BBC has booked him for an interview to talk about his creation for the Britain In Bloom scheme.