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  • 31 January 2013, 14:33

Jeremy Kyle Cancer Fight: Support 'Overwhelming'

TV star Jeremy Kyle, who is recovering from cancer, is "overwhelmed" by the thousands of messages of support from his fans.

They have posted comments on the internet wishing the chat show host well after he was treated for testicular cancer.

The 47-year-old presenter, who is recuperating abroad, is expected to return to work next week to film new shows.

A statement from his ITV daytime programme on Twitter said: "Thank you for all the messages of support.

"It really does mean the world to Jeremy and he's been overwhelmed by the response."

The star was diagnosed with cancer just before Christmas.

After an operation and chemotherapy treatment, he is now said to be "on the mend".

Comments by fans on his programme's Facebook page included one from Liz Naylor who said: "Get well soon jezza the mornings wudnt b the same without u, wishin u a very speedy recovery ur a legend x."

Karen Downey Donnelly said: "Prayers and wishes for a successful recovery and good luck for a happy healthy future. Gods blessings to you and the family x."

Patricia Barratt said: "Think positive Jeremy I know you can beat this terrible disease. I'm coming up to my 3rd year clear so keep strong. My prayers are with you and your family xxx."

However not all the comments were positive.

Tony Scupham-Bilton said: "He needn't bother returning. He's done nothing to increase the quality of British tv."

Kyle has hosted his TV programme for seven and a half years, putting dysfunctional relationships in the spotlight, and many have criticised it for glorifying "broken Britain".

Last week, his show was nominated for the National Television Awards' best daytime TV show award, although it missed out to This Morning.

Kyle was a salesman before his move into broadcasting, hosting programmes in local radio.

He went on to present his Virgin Confessions show on Virgin Radio before landing his TV slot after Trisha Goddard left her daytime ITV series to head to Channel 5.

Kyle has also launched his programme in the US and has fronted other shows for ITV.

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