Axed CBeebies star Sarah-Jane Honeywell ignored by Mr Tumble after topless shoot

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Sarah-Jane Honeywell, 47, shot to fame in 2002 after appearing on shows Higgledy House and Mighty Mites alongside Justin Fletcher, 50, also known as Mr Tumble. However, after taking her top off for a shoot, the TV host’s career took a dive, and she did not hear from her famous co-star again, as he reportedly attempted to “protect his own image”.

I actually feel quite emotional

Sarah-Jane Honeywell

Speaking on the fall-out, she said: “I called and left him a message but to this day he’s never responded.

“We were the best of mates, so that really hurt. 

“I do understand it though because as a children’s presenter he needs to protect his own image,” she added to the Daily Mail.

Express.co.uk has contacted a spokesperson for Justin Fletcher for comment.

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Sarah-Jane was hugely successful during her presenting career on children’s TV, however, she sparked backlash after a half-nude shoot.

The star bared her assets while posing topless on a plate of food to oppose eating meat, and encountered rage from bosses. 

She told The Sun at the time: “The BBC was asked to comment, and they simply said I no longer worked for them. 

“That was how I found out. There was never a phone call or a single conversation with my bosses – despite me having worked there for 10 years.”

Four years ago, Sarah-Jane wrote a blog about the loss of her friendship with Justin.

She typed: “I regret losing my wonderful friendship with Justin. 

“The day my picture went in the paper with the headline, ‘Cboobies’. I never heard from my lovely friend again.”

Justin was said to earn a six-figure salary during his career on the channel.

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However, Sarah-Jane holds no grudge toward the situation, as she understands why he felt the need to cut ties.

She added: “He had a very important, brilliant brand to protect. 

“For the sake of children’s joy everywhere, I’m glad he chose them over me…

“Justin loves the kids and he is passionate about entertaining them and that’s why I do love him. 

“I actually feel quite emotional writing this and I think it’s the first time I’ve truly admitted to myself that, I miss my old mucker.”

After losing her job, Sarah-Jane began to sink into depression and racked up £100,000 worth of credit card debt.

However, she managed to pull herself back from the brink with the help of her husband Ayden Callaghan, whom she shares sons Phoenix, five, and Indiana, three, with.

Ayden is an actor on Hollyoaks and recently asked the show bosses to remove a heart-breaking stillbirth storyline due to personal experiences.

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