John McCririck tells fans he is dying

The horse racing pundit has given a health update

Celebrity Big Brother star John McCririck has given a sad new interview about his health, announcing: “I don’t expect to be alive this time next year.”

The gaunt TV star who was a controversial contestant on last year’s CBB, has lost a shocking three stone in weight as he battles chest problems and severe flu.

John McCririck this morning itv
John looked ill during a recent appearance on This Morning (credit: ITV)

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the 78-year-old said: “Life is empty. I don’t expect to be alive this time next year. It’s a question of slipping away.”

John says he’s even warned his wife of 47 years, Jenny – who he calls Booby – of his impending death, explaining: “I’ve prepared the Booby for it. When I’m gone she knows exactly what to do and she’ll be fine.”

John McCririck (credit: Richard Jennings / /
The TV star was previously three stone heavier (credit: Richard Jennings /

The TV star blames not being able to work anymore for his deterioration. He worked for Channel 4 for 28 years, before being let go in 2012.

He accused them of ageism and took the network to an employment tribunal, where he lost his case.

He says: “What purpose is there in going on if you’re not working? Racing was my life but now when I go I think: ‘What am I doing here?’

He was also a guest on Big Brother’s Bit On The Side (credit: Ch5)

“I feel like a dinosaur. You’re a lost soul wandering around an environment you’re no longer part of.”

Read more: Ryanair ‘racist’ apologises to victim on live TV – and is rejected

John horrified fans earlier this month with an appearance on This Morning, when he denied he was dying.

And again, he rallied against his sacking.

He told presenters Holly Willoughby and Phil Schofield: “Ever since I was sacked in 2012 by Channel 4 Racing, you feel depressed. You lose a purpose in life. I wake up now in the morning and what have I got to do?

“I’ve got Jeremy Kyle and This Morning to watch, I have no purpose in life.”

john mccririck (credit: /
He was let go from his job at Channel 4 in 2012 (credit: /

He also spoke about his weight loss, admitting it was down to illness.

John explained: “I’m getting better slowly. I had the flu but it was far worse than that. It absolutely flattens you.

“I couldn’t speak for about three months. It really was awful and you get weaker and you’re on antibiotics.

John McCririck this morning itv
A few weeks ago John insisted he wasn’t dying (credit: ITV)

“Then I got a chest infection and I’m weaker but recovering slowly.”

Read more: Seann Walsh’s Strictly co-star claims he JOKED about cheating

It’s shocking to see John looking so unwell. Let’s hope he’s wrong about his prognosis.

Are you sad to hear about John? Leave us a comment on our Facebook page @EntertainmentDailyFix and let us know what you think.