Dave Myers, known for being one half of the Hairy Bikers, has revealed he has cancer.
The 64-year-old TV chef said he was undergoing chemotherapy and could be a ‘bald biker’ for a while.
Myers has starred in numerous cooking shows over the years, alongside friend and fellow Hairy Biker Si King, with the pair frequently merging their passion for motorcycling with their love of food.
He revealed his diagnosis on the Hairy Bikers – Agony Uncles podcast, speaking openly with King, 55, about how it was affecting his life.
Myers said: “Anyway Kingy, I have to tell the truth now, I haven’t been very well lately and basically I have to do chemo, you know all that anyway, so this year going to be a bit quiet for me, I’m not going to be filming, some festivals I won’t be able to go to, some may be OK but this year is a bit bright for us.”
He went on to ask listeners to respect his privacy while he undergoes treatment, saying, “I had to talk about it because I don’t want to hide under a rock, but I would like people to respect my private life and just letting me go on and give Si and our team all the support they need, that would be great. But look, the prognosis is good, it’s going to be okay.”
He continued: “I just have to go home, take care of myself, eat sensibly and get through this mess, whip off the pounds and be a happy person, so inside of that, that’s where I’m at.
“I might have been a bald biker for a while so this is just a warning, I don’t want to make a fuss about it, I look pretty bald actually.”
Myers did not reveal the type of cancer he has.
In response to the news, King said, “No look, when I first met you man you looked like an upside down Hells Angel so I like that look I always have. loved this look, you look cool.”
Myers replied, “Yeah, I know, and under different circumstances I would embrace it more, I think, but under those circumstances it’s just something I have to live with. Go on and crack it.”
Myers has previously suffered from health issues including glaucoma – an eye condition that can lead to blindness – and he contracted COVID last year, which King said “hit him hard”.
King has also had health issues and has spoken openly about a brain aneurysm he suffered in 2014, after which he lost a lot of weight.
Myers and King met in 1995 when they were both working in TV production – Myers as a prosthetic makeup artist and King as a stage manager.
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After rising to fame with the Hairy Bikers and moving from the backstage to the camera, they published numerous books and started their own diet club.
Myers appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2013 – dancing with professional Karen Hauer, leaving the show on the seventh episode.
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