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  • 7 February 2013, 10:19

Jeremy Kyle: Presenter Returns After Cancer

Jeremy Kyle has spoken about his battle with testicular cancer, describing it as the hardest two months of his life.

The television presenter returned to work hosting his controversial talk show and received a standing ovation from his studio audience in Manchester.

The host, who has now been given the all-clear, broke down in tears as he described coming to terms with the illness.

"It wasn't the best Christmas for me and the family," he said. "It has been the hardest two months of my life.

"I have had absolutely amazing support. Thank you all - it is overwhelming really."

Kyle was diagnosed with the disease just before Christmas. After receiving chemotherapy and having the problem testicle removed, he received the all clear.

He spent a short time in Dubai to recover before returning to the UK with his wife and three children.

After receiving cheers from the audience, the 47-year-old cracked a joke and pledged to get back to doing what he does best.

"And just so you know, I only have one testicle left," he said. "But I've got a false one and it only cost 289.99.

"So that's it. You've seen Jeremy Kyle get emotional. Now I'll just get back to shouting at people."

Doctors told him he could have died within 18 months had the lump remained unchecked.

He told The Sun: "I feel lucky that I'm here for my family and can see my kids grow up. To be honest, I thought, 'That's it, I'm dead'."

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

His show was recently nominated in the National Television Awards for the best daytime TV show award, but it missed out to This Morning.

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

In his autobiography, I'm Only Being Honest, the twice-married presenter talked about how he suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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