Jimmy Tarbuck joined Kate Garraway and Adil Ray on Good Morning Britain earlier today and following the announcement of his new tour, the comedian spoke about his health, revealing he currently has prostate cancer, and it was Sir Tom Jones who urged him to go and get a health check.
“Are you alright? We chatted on the phone before your 80th birthday, and then a couple of days afterwards you had some bad news?” Kate asked.
“I have prostate cancer, and I’m going to try and beat it,” Jimmy said. “All men out there watching, and wives, get your husband to go for the test.
“I think after 50, just have a test, let them have a look at you and you’ll be relieved, you’ll be with your family for a few extra years!
“But how are you?” Kate continued as Jimmy explained: “I feel, right now, I feel great, I’m on the tele I’m having a good time.”
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“Are you worried about the diagnosis?” the host added.
Jimmy stated: “What do I do? Do I say, ‘No I haven’t got it?’ No, own up.”
He added singing legend Tom Jones had helped and advised him in the last few months, urging him to speak to a doctor when he told him about his symptoms.
“Tom Jones has been my mentor, he told me what was going to happen, all the tests,” Jimmy revealed.
“Wasn’t it you were speaking to Tom about symptoms and how you were feeling and didn’t Tom ‘Look just go and get checked out?’” Adil added.
“He said ‘I’ve had this done’ and he told me ‘You’ll get bloods shown.’ Boys go. It is embarrassing – especially when the fella said to me, ‘We’re going to give you the thumbs up.’
“I said, ‘I hope not.’ He roared laughing.” Jimmy continued.
It comes after Jimmy told the Mirror in previous months: “The thought of having prostate cancer is scary but I am determined to face it head-on – and that’s because of learning that Rod Stewart has gone through it too.”
Jimmy faced a health scare back in 2006 when he had to pull out of Strictly Come Dancing because of heart problems.
The stand-up comic and TV variety host rose to fame in the 1960s and was awarded an OBE for services to showbusiness and charity in 1994.
Jimmy is best known for being the host of Sunday Night at the London Palladium in the mid-1960s.