At the time of his wife’s death Simon said he was “crushed with indescribable pain” as he struggled with his sudden grief.Many fans had been asking him on social media when he would return to work, but he said it was “with a heavy, but peaceful heart”, he was stepping down after 13 years at the broadcaster when the current season finishes next month.He wrote yesterday: “I’m doing it for Ethan. On that first morning after she went I remember Ethan coming up to me in the lounge and through his tears he said these words ‘Daddy, you know every weekend you go away and do the football, and I spend the weekend with Mummy, what do I do now?’ And they have stuck with me ever since. Gemma Thomas died just three days after she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia. Credit:Instagram Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. He said: “More recently, I have enjoyed watching football again, but the flames of passion I once had for it are, for now at least, gone. I hope one day they will relight again, but at the moment there’s barely a flicker.”Managing director of Sky Sports Barney Francis said Simon had shown “courage in opening up” about the challenges he faced.He added: “Simon has suffered an unspeakable loss and we have done everything we can in our power to ease the burden he is carrying. I fully support his decision. He is part of our family and always will be even now as he searches for his next path.”If there is some small positive he can take from this experience it is the courage he has shown in opening up, and for others facing the same challenges I know they will take comfort from his actions and his words.” “He’s lost his mum, for him so much has changed, I can’t always be with him 24/7 but what I have no choice in, is I have to put him first.”I need to spend the next few months working out with him how we move forward. What’s going to work for him, what isn’t?”The former Blue Peter presenter added he had not been able to enjoy watching football since Gemma’s death but hoped to return to presenting in the future. Gemma Thomas with husband Simon Thomas from his Instagram Ex-Blue Peter presenter Simon Thomas and wife Gemma Thomas in 2015Credit:Splash News Presenter Simon Thomas will leave Sky Sports at the end of the current football season following the death of his wife.Gemma Thomas died suddenly in December last year, just three days after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.The 45-year-old presenter made the announcement yesterday (Fri) in an emotional blog post in which he said he was quitting his job to look after their eight-year-old son Ethan. “More often than not, the first worry a child expresses after going through something like this is the most significant. It’s the one playing on their mind the most and for the last five months it is a question I have had to wrestle with.