John McCririck opens up about weight loss after BBBOTS health concerns

John McCririck has spoken out about his health after a recent TV appearance sparked concerns.

John was a guest on Big Brother’s Bit On The Side on Thursday and fans tweeted the star after noticing an apparent weight loss.

The racing pundit has now spoken out after telling Metro.co.uk that he is recovering from ‘a serious chest infection’.

McCririck says he has been ‘deliberately lost weight’ because ‘you never see fat old men because you can’t carry the weight’.

He told The Mirror: ‘I haven’t weighed myself for a long time but I feel much better for being lighter.

‘Things have probably been exacerbated by the chest infection, which has been really terrible.’

But he added that he is still suffering from complications from the flu virus.

‘I’m not well and healthy. It takes time to recover,’ he said.

McCririck used to be a racing pundit on Channel 4 (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I’m not wonderful, I can’t go running any­­where or do anything like that because of my chest but I’m not in pain.’

John, who has been married to wife Jenny for 47 years, used to front horse-racing on Channel 4 until he was sacked in 2012.

He appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2005 and on Thursday returned to give his thoughts on what was going on in the house.

John had some strong words about Lewis G’s eviction, saying: ‘Once Lewis G left the public were stupid enough to vote for him.

‘What’s wrong with you? You’re voted a real character out of the house.

‘It’s ridiculous! The only reason he’s come out is because he was under the control of Lewis G.’

He bellowed: ‘Bring back Lewis G!’

Rylan Clark-Neal teased that the two new housemates going in on Friday are a male physiotherapist and a female racehorse rider.

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