Dave Myers has revealed he’s lost his famous beard as a result of undergoing chemotherapy for his cancer, while speaking on his on his Agony Uncles podcast. The Hairy Bikers star, 64, could be seen in footage from the episode saying to pal Si King, 55: ‘I just miss having my beard, the feeling of it, because your skin’s different and all peachy.’
‘No, I want my beard back I’m alright with my hair! I think the bald head and beard is the way to go for a biker as you’re getting on.’ When a listener said: ‘Hope you’re feeling okay Dave!’ the TV personality replied: ‘Under the circumstances, I’m doing alright.’
He has chosen not to publicly reveal the type of cancer he has, but revealed in May he was undergoing chemotherapy and that ‘the prognosis is okay.’ He added on the podcast: ‘I’m missing my beard, but doing alright. I was born with that beard.
It comes after Si said Dave is ‘getting there’ as he shared an update on his pals cancer battle. Speaking at Bolton Food and Drink Festival last week, the TV chef added that Dave is ‘in the trenches of it all’ as he thanked their fans for the ‘ongoing support.’
Dave was forced to pull out of the food festival due to his health, with Si appearing on stage alongside TV presenter Jenny Powell. The Hairy Biker announced in May that he was undergoing chemotherapy, and would be taking some time off work.
Si said: ‘I just wanted to say, from Dave and I, thank you so so very much for all of the goodwill and support, all the messages really do not go unnoticed. ‘He’s doing canny but as you appreciate he’s right in the trenches of it all at the minute but he’s getting there, thank God.’
Dave revealed that he hadn’t ‘been too well recently’ and ‘this year is a write off’, whilst reassuring fans that ‘the prognosis is okay.’ Speaking about his medical condition with his TV cooking partner Si, he said: ‘I may be a baldy biker for a while… it’s simply something I have to live with.’
Dave said: ‘Anyway Kingy, I’ve got to come clean now, I haven’t been too well recently and basically, I’ve got to have some chemo, you know all this anyway, so this year is going to be a bit quiet for me. ‘I’m not going to be filming, some of the festivals I’m not going to be able to go to, some may be okay but this year’s a bit of a write off for us.
‘I have had to speak up about this because I don’t want to hide under a rock, but I would love it if people respected my privacy and just let me get on with it and give Si and our team all the support they need, that would be great. But look, the prognosis is okay, I’m going to be fine.’
He continued: ‘I’ve just got to tuck in, look after myself, eat sensibly and get over this mess, flog books, and be a happy person so within that, that’s where I am.
‘I may be a baldy biker for a while so it’s just a warning, I don’t want to make a fuss about it, I look alright bald actually.’ Dave has suffered with illness in the past after being diagnosed with a cyst on his brain in 1998, and later glaucoma, which is an eye condition that can lead to blindness.
The same year he was diagnosed with having a cyst on his brain, Dave sadly lost his fiancée to cancer, previously describing 1998 as the worst year of his life.