The 56-year-old TV presenter appeared alongside co-host Tim Lovejoy, 51, as usual to front the Channel 4 show earlier today.
But many of those watching at home became concerned about his “husky” tones as he spoke – with some viewers reckoning they had heard him sounding similarly throaty during previous episodes.
“What’s up with Simon throat been like this for a few weeks,” wondered one Twitter user.
Another wrote: “Getting worried about Simons voice.. he’s had a ‘sore throat’ for weeks now.”
A third person tweeted: “What’s up with Simon throat been like this for a few weeks.”
Thank you for your concern I’m honestly fine.
And a fourth person, replying to other comparable tweets, added: “I thought the same been husky for a while.”
However, despite having a gravelly voice, Simon quickly put supporters’ minds at ease just moments after the show went off the air.
He explained to his 265,000 Twitter followers: “In case you missed it @SundayBrunchC4 I have a cyst on my vocal chords.
“Getting removed 3 Feb. I’m not poorly it just makes my voice a bit croaky. Thank you for your concern I’m honestly fine x.”
Relieved fans were quick to send Simon their best – and one also indicated it should be a smooth procedure to fix the issue.
“We thought you had a chest infection. Look after yourself,” one well-wisher responded.
in case you missed it @SundayBrunchC4 I have a cyst on my vocal chords. Getting removed 3 Feb. I’m not poorly it just makes my voice a bit croaky. Thank you for your concern I’m honestly fine x
— simonrimmer (@simonrim) January 26, 2020
Another said: “Oh I did wonder this morning it sounded sore so glad to hear it’s not.”
Yet another reacted: “I’ve been saying for months that your voice was altered… glad you’re getting sorted.”
And a fourth person contributed: “You’ll be fine – had the same op twice. It’s a quick procedure, I was home two hours later both times.
“Keeping quiet after is the hardest. Good luck.”
– Sunday Brunch airs on Channel 4 from 9.30am on Sundays
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