BEN Shephard has revealed that he wants to scale back his TV work to spend more time with his children.
The television personality, 44, currently hosts hit show Tipping Point, as well as Good Morning Britain, Ninja Warrior UK and Sky Sport’s Goals on Sunday.
However, he has announced that he is stepping down as a host on Goals On Sunday after nine years so that he can be at home to see his sons Jack, 12, and Sam, 14, play their sports games.
He told The Mirror: “Now they’re teenagers, Sam is taller than me and Jack is not far behind, which I’m trying to come to terms with. They’re consumed by schoolwork all week, the weekend is the only time I can spend with them.”
He added: “What tends to happen is that after doing the breakfast show on Thursdays and Fridays, Saturday comes and I’m shattered.”
“Doing Goals on Sunday has been amazing, but I can see that not only will we all benefit as a family but I’ll benefit too from being more involved in their weekend life.”
Ben shares sons Jack and Sam with his wife of 15 years Annie Perksm, who he married in 2004.
The presenter regularly shares photos in the garden with his family on his Instagram feed.
But while he is prepared to sacrifice the sports show for more family time, he admits he will never be able to give up Tipping Point.
He revealed: “I’m so grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had, but if in 20 years’ time I am doing Tipping Point it will be an absolutely privilege to still be there.
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“When I die I want my gravestone to read, ‘He reached his tipping point’.”
Ben has been hosting Tipping point since it launched in 2012 and the show is now in its tenth series.
The daytime game show features a large arcade style coin drop machine, which contestants get the chance to play on if they answer the questions correctly and the last standing can win the jackpot of £10,000.
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