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GBBO's Sandi Toksvig is out of hospital after suffering from bronchial pneumonia

Emma Guinness

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GBBO's Sandi Toksvig is out of hospital after suffering from bronchial pneumonia

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Former Great British Bake Off presenter Sandi Toksvig has been released from hospital after a bout of bronchial pneumonia.

The presenter, 64, who is best known as the face of the popular baking show, had been touring Australia, where she was hospitalised.

Sandi was hospitalised while on tour in Australia. Credit: Alamy / Matt Crossick
Sandi was hospitalised while on tour in Australia. Credit: Alamy / Matt Crossick

Sandi took to Twitter after her release from hospital to thank fans for their well-wishes during her illness.

She wrote: "Thank you to everyone who has sent such kind words while I've been unwell.

"I am now out of hospital and continuing my convalescence in Australia until I'm fit to fly home. My undying (literally) thanks to the amazing Australian health service."

The Bake Off host is staying in Australia until she is well enough to fly home. Credit: Twitter / @sanditoksvig
The Bake Off host is staying in Australia until she is well enough to fly home. Credit: Twitter / @sanditoksvig

Sandi fell unwell after completing scheduled shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Prior to developing pneumonia, the presenter had been scheduled to fly to New Zealand on Sunday (December 11) to continue the tour with stops in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.

These shows have now been cancelled as she continues her recovery.

She addressed the cancellations on Twitter too, with a member of her team writing: "Due to illness, Sandi has cancelled the New Zealand leg of her tour.

"She has been admitted to hospital with bronchial pneumonia while still in Australia and is unable to travel & perform. Our main priority is getting her home to the UK as soon as she is well enough."

Sandi cancelled the New Zealand leg of her tour. Credit: Twitter / @sanditoksvig
Sandi cancelled the New Zealand leg of her tour. Credit: Twitter / @sanditoksvig

The show Sandi Toksvig Live! was described as 'an evening of comedy and curiosities' which saw the presenter, who is also known for her work on QI, share 'little known facts', 'tall tales' and 'really silly jokes'.

As reported by Healthline, bronchial pneumonia can cause a person to experience difficulty breathing because of constriction that's caused by inflammation in the lungs.

The medical website added that people over the age of 65 are at a higher risk of developing the disease.

News of the presenter's illness was first revealed on Saturday (3 December), prompting countless well wishes from fans across the globe.

Sandi's tour promised 'really silly jokes.' Credit: Alamy / Cheese Scientist
Sandi's tour promised 'really silly jokes.' Credit: Alamy / Cheese Scientist

One fan wrote: "Oh Sandi, get well soon!"

"Huge love and the very best wishes for a restful recovery to wonderful Sandi," added a second while a third wrote: "Speedy recovery Sandi. Being ill anytime is pants, but this near Christmas sucks."

"Wishing Sandi a full and speedy recovery," remarked a fourth fan, before advising: "Tell her to make sure she RESTS, even when she think's she's better."

QI also wished Sandi well, writing: "We're so sorry to hear about Sandi's illness. Everyone at QI sends their love."

We'd like to take this opportunity to extend our best wishes to Sandi as she continues her recovery.

Topics: Celebrity

Emma Guinness
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