Daytime TV stalwart Jeremy Kyle has admitted he broke down in tears in front of doctors before undergoing his recent testicular cancer surgery.

The 47-year-old – who has since been given the all-clear from the disease – told talk show host Jonathan Ross that leaving his wife Carla and heading to theatre to have the operation was a profoundly emotional experience.

“It was horrible walking down to the theatre and saying goodbye to Carla,” he admitted.

“I broke down in front of the anaesthetist, told him, ‘I think there are millions of people in Great Britain that would like to see me like this right now’, and then don’t remember anything else.

“I hadn’t had the drugs at that point, I was crying my eyes out, I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know if it had spread, I didn’t know quite what was going to happen to me.”

The TV host also revealed that despite his bolshy screen presence it is Carla who wears the trousers at home – saying: “You’ve met Mrs Kyle, Mrs Kyle is in charge,” and added that if his show helps one person change their ways then it has done its job.

“Last year, we put over 300 people into detox and rehab programmes,” he pointed out.

“When people say to me, ‘well did all 300 change their lives?’ – hopefully. But for me morally, and I’ve got four kids, if one does that, then that more than justifies what we do.”