John McCririck, 78, sparks concern with ‘gaunt and frail’ appearance

John McCririck, 78, sparks health concerns with ‘gaunt and frail’ BBBOTs appearance… after shedding three stone by quitting POTATOES

  • The racing pundit spoke on the panel show on Thursday evening yet fans were distracted by his drawn appearance and over-sized clothing 
  • Twitter users were left aghast as fans insisted he looked ill and gaunt 
  • In April, John revealed he had thrown himself into a health kick after his weight ballooned to 19 stone – after which he lost three stone
  • Earlier this year, John revealed he struggled to recover from a bout of ‘serious flu’: ‘I had terrible flu and it really got to my legs and voice ‑ it was awful’

John McCririck has sparked concern among fans after making a gaunt appearance on Big Brother’s Bit On The Side on Thursday evening.

The 78-year-old racing pundit, who appeared on CBB in January 2005, chatted on the show yet fans were thrown by his appearance as he appeared remarkably slimmer less than a year after it was revealed he was battling a mystery illness.

Swarming Twitter, viewers voiced worries over the controversial TV personality, with some fans insisting he looked ‘ill and gaunt’ – leading to discussion over his health.

Worries: John McCririck has sparked concern among fans after making a gaunt appearance on Big Brother’s Bit On The Side on Thursday evening

John was chatting on the show about the ins and outs of the final season of the Channel 5 show, yet fans were distracted by his shocking looks. 

Swarming Twitter, concerned viewers wrote: ‘I’ve never liked John McCririck, but it’s sad he looks so ill #BBBOTS… John McCririck on #bbbots Wow…


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‘Shocking to see such a transformation. His health must not be good at all… John McCririck looks really poorly bbbots…

‘Can’t get over how much weight John McCririck’s lost! Has he been ill? #BBBOTS… #BBBOTS #JohnMcCririck looks ill… Jeez John McCririck looks so gaunt on #bbbots since I last saw him. What’s wrong with him?… 

Shocking: John was looking frail during his appearance on the show – much to the shock of fans

Healthier: The 78-year-old racing pundit, who appeared on CBB in January 2005, chatted on the show yet fans were thrown by his appearance as he appeared remarkably slimmer less than a year after it was revealed he was battling a mystery illness (pictured in 2013)

Shocking: John showed off his slimmer frame on Good Morning Britain in April

‘Poor John McCririck. Didn’t realise he had been so unwell. Hope the poor bloke’s OK. Bet he didn’t ever think he’d get to sit next to Pete Burns though! #BBUK #BBBOTS…

‘Could care less about Josie on it tbh, but John McCririck is a Big Brother Legend!… John McCririck swamped by his clothes tonight Why is he on there when clearly he is very frail?… John McCririck looks so frail and ill . Such a shame #BBBOTS #BBUK’.

Earlier this year, John revealed a bout of ‘serious flu’ spread to his legs and voice: ‘I had terrible flu and it really got to my legs and voice ‑ it was awful… 

‘It’s hard to recover from and I’m not fully fit. But I’m Cheltenham-bound and we’re booked in for all four days.’  

Way back when: John exhibited a fuller figure in the past yet has slimmed down since (pictured on Ultimate Big Brother in 2010)

Shocking: Swarming Twitter, concerned viewers wrote: ‘I’ve never liked John McCririck, but it’s sad he looks so ill #BBBOTS… John McCririck on #bbbots Wow’

In April, the TV legend revealed he has thrown himself into a health kick after his weight ballooned to 19 stone, as he proudly confirmed he had shed three stone after cutting down his portions and ridding his diet of potatoes. 

MailOnline has contacted representatives for John for comment. 

John collapsed at Cheltenham Races in 2013 due to stress. After his collapse he was taken to hospital after which his representative assured fans: ‘John fully intends on being back on the course tomorrow.’

Shock: Users went ‘Poor John McCririck. Didn’t realise he had been so unwell. Hope the poor bloke’s OK. Bet he didn’t ever think he’d get to sit next to Pete Burns though! #BBUK #BBBOTS’

In Janurary last year, John sported a much smoother look as he was given a make-under on Channel 5’s Celebrity 100% Hotter.

The horse racing pundit was left looking unimpressed as he turned to face the mirror in a suave all-white ‘hipster’ ensemble, complete with a slick man-bun.

The expert team of fashion and beauty experts managed to get the commentator in a pair of trainers, cream linen trousers and a white polo vest along with a matching linen casual jacket.

‘You love it!’, the show’s host proclaimed to a bewildered McCririck, who quickly made his thoughts known, stating: ‘I won’t say I love it’.

Shock: In 2013 John launched legal proceedings against Channel 4 seeking damages totalling £3million after his axing from the station’s new racing output

In 2013 John launched legal proceedings against Channel 4 seeking damages totalling £3million after his axing from the station’s new racing output however he lost out on the case later on.

The star, who was arguably the best known face on C4 racing with appeal reaching far beyond the normal boundaries of the sport, was one of several familiar faces not retained when C4 changed the company producing their racing output from Highflyer to IMG Sports Media.

Others who lost out included John Francome, Alastair Down, Derek Thompson and Mike Cattermole.

But John, who became famous for reporting from the betting ring in his own unique style, has taken his removal hard, alleging the decision announced in October was ageist and that he has suffered public humiliation.

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