Simon Thomas has revealed a tearful plea from his eight-year-old son convinced him to quit his role at Sky Sports.
The former Blue Peter presenter lost his wife Gemma in December just three days after she had been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.
The 45-year-old had a demanding role at Sky Sports, presenting football nearly every weekend – and his absence was felt by his son.
In a personal blog, Thomas explained: “After many, many weeks of wrestling with the question of what to do, I wanted to put it in writing what I have decided, and it’s with a heavy, but peaceful heart that I write these words: I have decided to leave Sky at the end of the season.
“This is why: firstly and most importantly, I’m doing it for Ethan. On that first morning after Gemma went, I remember Ethan coming up to me in the lounge and through his tears he said these words: ‘Daddy, you know every weekend you go away and do the football, and I spend the weekend with Mummy? What do I do now?’.”