Jane McDonald quits Cruising With Jane McDonald and our hearts are sinking

Jane McDonald has quit Cruising With Jane McDonald, after more than four years sailing the high seas.

And we are bereft.

The 56-year-old confirmed the news in a statement, thanking Channel 5 for blessing her – and the rest of us – with some amazing memories.

‘It has been a privilege to call this a “job”,’ she said.

‘After so many years filming abroad I am looking forward to some much needed time in the UK and to focus on my music and tours and exciting new projects.

‘Thank you Channel 5 for some great trips and many fabulous memories.’

While Ben Frow, director of programming at Channel 5, added: ‘We’ve loved working with Jane and are proud to have had her as part of the family.

‘She helped us to win our first Bafta and her series have become solid staples of our Friday night schedules.

‘Thank you Jane. We are sorry to see you go but wish you every happiness for the future.’

As well as the cruise series, she will also no longer be fronting Holidaying with Jane McDonald.

The Loose Women star has spent four-and-a-half years living her best life around the world on our TV screens, and picked up a Bafta in 2018 for her troubles.

The series won the best feature award, and marked the corporation’s first ever win at the annual bash.

She is currently recording her final stint on the show.

Jane teased that she has ‘exciting new projects’ coming up on her return to dry land – but a stint on I’m A Celeb probably won’t be one of them.

After Adele Roberts took a framed photo of the TV icon into the camp with her last year, she insisted that will be the closest she gets to jungle life.

‘Oh gosh, no. It’s not for me,’ she told Metro.co.uk. ‘I like my creature comforts. Literally creature comforts in there!

‘But no, I’m very, very fond of my hair dryer and I’m not good without makeup. I mean no, it’s not a good look!

‘And it’s on for so long and my schedule doesn’t allow me that much time off.’

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