Monty Don hints at Gardeners' World exit as he brands show 'remorseless treadmill' and warns 'I must give something up' | The Sun

MONTY Don has hinted at his exit from Gardeners' World as he branded the show as 'remorseless treadmill'.

The beloved BBC presenter, 68, previously spoke about when he plans to leave the popular series.

But now as he turns his eyes to his 70th birthday, Monty has spoke candidly about how he needs to "give something up".

He revealed he's contracted to Gardeners' World for another year, before adding: "If they offered me more then I might take it."

Monty continue to tell Times Radio: "But I mean, the serious point is I will be 70 in two years' time.

"Will I want to go on? I like making television programmes, I like writing books. To have the energy to do that and not scrabble, always that sense of scrabbling.

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"I think I have to give something up and I'm not prepared to give up writing and I really enjoy the travel stuff I do.

"So therefore the logical thing to give up is Gardener's World, which is, for all its virtues, a remorseless treadmill."

Monty previously gave his backing for who he wants to see replace him when the times comes.

Meanwhile, the horticulturist spoke about his rocking childhood and teenage years.

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He revealed he was all about sex, drugs and rock and roll before he fell in love with gardening.

Monty was a bit of a bad boy – and caused trouble at school.

It resulted in him being expelled from a number of schools as he branded himself a "wayward" child.

Speaking to the Dish from Waitrose podcast, Monty explained: "I'd been expelled from a few schools and I was sort of fairly wayward.

"I remember coming home from school, having a cup of tea, and going out into the garden, because that's what I did by then, to sort of – and I remember I was sowing carrots, and I had this incredible, ecstatic moment of feeling the sunshine, of smelling the earth, of holding the seed in my hand, and it was a kind of beatific experience of just knowing that this was everything I had ever wanted, this was the whole world in this moment."

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