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'Gaybo's OK but won't be on air until 2017'


Gay Byrne

Gay Byrne

Gay Byrne

TV presenter Gay Byrne will not return to the airwaves until 2017 as he continues his fight with prostate cancer.

The much-loved presenter is currently taking time out at home after his shock revelation on his Lyric FM Sunday show that he had "a bit of cancer in the prostate".

The former Late Late Show presenter took time off from his programme last month as he awaited test results to see if the cancer had moved up his back.

He is now being looked after at his Ballsbridge home by his wife Kathleen Watkins and their large family. An RTE source said that he is "doing OK".

"His show finished up last Sunday for Christmas anyway and there's no return date yet for when he'll be back on air but he's in good form and is in good hands," she said.

The legendary broadcaster, whose career in Irish media has spanned 60 years, said he originally decided to reveal his cancer diagnosis in order to put any rumours to rest.

He said that he has been blessed with his health for most of his life.


"I've had the most wonderful, fantastic, robust, good health all my broadcasting life," he said.

"It's my turn now. Many, many people are much worse off."

The presenter has battled a number of health concerns in recent years.

Just days after celebrating Christmas last year, he was rushed to St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin after collapsing with heart problems at his Dublin apartment.

He joked at the time that the fact that he lived beside the hospital probably helped save his life.

As well as presenting a Sunday show on Lyric FM, Gay has made several hit series of religious programme The Meaning of Life, which sees him interview big-name celebrities, such as actor Colin Farrell, on their spirituality.