He has since appeared on numerous occasions on Saturday Kitchen and has presented other cookery programmes.
James described Brian as his ‘TV dad’, and said after the star’s admission: “It’s OK, it’s OK. I love you fella.
“So a round of applause for everyone who’s been looking after you. It’s a pleasure to have you back, you’re welcome anytime.”
Another fan wrote on Twitter: “Was lovely to see Brian Turner on today. Had no idea he’d been ill.