SNOOKER legend Willie Thorne’s ex-wife said last night she will never accept the Beeb’s decision to axe the late star.
Jill Thorne said the decision plunged him into debt and depression.
Willie Thorne’s ex-wife Jill, above, says being axed by the BBC plunged the snooker legend into debt and depression[/caption]
Jill revealed Thorne, who died from leukaemia in June, was left devastated by the BBC’s decision to drop him as a commentator[/caption]
She revealed Thorne, who died from leukaemia in June, was left devastated by the decision.
The sport’s big names, including seven-time world champ Stephen Hendry, hit out at the decision to drop him as a World Championships commentator in 2017 after more than 30 years.
Jill, 66, said he was never told why he was dropped, telling the Daily Star Sunday: “It was the start of the end for him.”
She added: “He loved the job and was loved by all the ex-pros and fans.
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“I could have accepted it if they gave Willie a reason but they didn’t, just calling it an ‘editorial decision’.
“He tried to put a brave face on it, but all the old demons he had been battling came flooding back and his confidence went through the floor.”
The Sun has approached the BBC for a comment.
Jill said he was never told why Willie was dropped by the BBC[/caption]
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