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John McCririck’s "frail" appearance on BBBOTS worries viewers

John McCririck made a rare appearance on TV last night to join the Big Brother’s Bit On The Side panel to give his opinion on the latest happenings in the house.

But viewers at home appeared to be more concerned about his gaunt appearance than what he had to say about the current contestants.

The 78-year-old racing pundit and former CBB housemate, who battled severe flu at Christmas, recently lost three stone and his maroon blazer swallowed his frail frame, while his hat appeared far too big.

One viewer tweeted: "Hope John McCririck is really on the mend. Doesn’t look well at all."

A second shared: "Poor John McCririck. Didn’t realise he had been so unwell. Hope the poor bloke’s OK.

"John McCririck is, literally, a shadow of his former self…. almost unrecognisable with all the weight he’s lost!! BBBOTS," said a shocked third.

Another said he looks "so frail and ill".

In March, John was back to work at the Cheltenham Festival after being forced to take some time off while battling illness.

He started having issues with his legs and speech over the Christmas period and was left feeling very weak.

Doctors were initially baffled but it later transpired he was suffering from severe flu.

On his return to the racecourse, he said: “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.”

The following month he appeared on Good Morning Britain and shocked fans with his three-stone weight loss, which he said was down to going on his very first diet.

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